Stealth Antenna

It’s amazing. It’s a birdfeeder.  It’s an antenna.  It’s an amazing birdfeeder antenna.  Great stealth antenna.   Can you spot the SGC SG-230 tuner at the base?   Or can you spot the welded wire fencing laid flat on the ground as a counterpoise?    Results have been good so far.  The first contact was with Japan.  This morning it worked France on 10 meters.  Tonight it is working all over the United States on 40 meters.   It is promising.

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5BDXCC QSO’s confirmed

Woo woo!  The 100th qsl for 80m came into LOTW today, at least I just discovered it today.  It is South Africa on JT65 last March.  Congratulations JT65 for pushing me over the 5BDXCC threshold.  Today’s confirmation means I have either qsl cards in my hand or QSO’s confirmed officially on LOTW.  Whew, what a ride it’s been, trying to finish 80 meters.  It was a killer for some reason. And yes, that big K5RP loop antenna did help a lot.   I have such new earned respect for all those before me who have earned 5BDXCC.  I had no idea. Thank you to all those who worked me and confirmed the qso.  Next step is to gather it all up and submit the application to the ARRL.  With 500 pieces of documentation to account for that should be a daunting task in itself.

Update February 21, 2016:  Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.   One of the countries I submitted for 40 meters has been deleted and my 5BDXCC application was denied.  Fortunately I had many more  countries worked on 40 meters and I just needed to replace the deleted country.  I resubmitted and my 5BDXCC has arrived dated April 7, 2015.

Here is the log book screensnap showing the confirmed count of 100.

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Next generation stealth antennas

Most likely our next house will be a one-story and if we’re lucky it will have a walkout basement.  Our covered deck simulates that now so I’m trying antennas using the deck as my next antenna project.  This should provide some incite into what will work if we move.

Three choices are possible where a conductor could run from the roof to the ground.  First, there’s the downspout.  Second, the flag pole combined with a wire running down to the ground.  Third, a wire on the corner post running from the ground to the roof.

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Beginning on the left the flag pole is first.  I attached a wire to the base of the mast and ran the wire down to the ground.

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Next I laid down radials in the form of welded wire fencing and installed a SG-230 tuner.

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Results are less than exciting.  The SGC is able to tune the antenna on all bands 80 thru 10 meters and that’s good but does it radiate?  Using JT65 as a test mode on 20 m, I had trouble getting others to hear me and respond.  I made one QSO on 20 m with a station in Louisiana.  He gave me a very good report. At this point I will continue to evaluate for a week or so then change over to the downspout.