[amsat-bb] Re: Stealth Satellite Station?

Rocky Jones orbitjet at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 29 09:52:54 PDT 2009


I've been playing around with the QFH antenna that was in a recent issue of QST...and it strikes me just looking at the dims of the one sitting outside the hamshack window here in Santa Fe that one could make that a pretty stealth antenna...

The key would be to use the "PVC" pipe as both a mast and a slide into one of the vents of the house...then if you wanted to cover the outside so nothing "antenna" was obvious figure out a way to give it a sort of radome.  I've seen the little 70cm QFH's with a radome anyway...so it would only be a matter of scale.  

If the folks would let you put up an FM antenna (ie a yagi) then one could easily take a radio shack version convert it to 2 meters and add 440 to it...it would look like a regular antenna except for the short time you were elevating it for use.  

Whatever you come up with...well be sure and take some pictures and share it.

Robert WB5MZO

> From: k5knt.kent at gmail.com
> Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:03:03 -0500
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  Stealth Satellite Station?
> I currently live in a rental house and an outside antenna is out of the
> question. I asked about putting up a satellite TV dish at my own expense
> last year and received and flat out "NO".  So, my current options are as
> follows:
> 1. Going out to my car and working the FM birds with my Icom 2720H and 19"
> whip.
> 2. Working the FM birds from the back/front yard or possibly inside the
> house with my Icom W32A and Elk LP antenna.
> 3. Setting up my 2720 in the house with some sort of stealth antenna and
> give a try at satellite APRS.
> Obviously options 1 and 3 still allow for option 2.
> Has anyone tried any form of stealth antenna for Satellites. I am really
> interested in the idea of combining the satellites and aprs together.
> -- 
> Kent R Frazier, K5KNT
> AMSAT #36765, ARRL, San Angelo Amateur Radio Club, Tom Green County - ARES
> Sent from San Angelo, TX, United States
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