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Author Topic: Hustler 6BTV Without 80 meters  (Read 6121 times)

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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2009, 11:26:25 AM »

Sure if you can erect a vertical or some other antenna (wire) and make it nearly invisible on your property, more power to you. Really, I would be trying the same exact thing IF the HOA denied my petition and request to gain an exemption from the CC&Rs. Thankfully I didn't have to go that route. I will consider myself one of the few lucky ones.

73, ONV

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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2009, 03:11:15 PM »

  NO ONE has the right to enter my property to inspect anything. Even when a complaint is made about the back yard of a neighbor's property, THEY cannot go look unless it can be seen from the street OFF the property in question. THAT is what the HOA has told me and they live by that. I have an InvVee under the eaves of my house and it is full wave on 40. With a tuner I use it on all bands that I want. I also have a Slinky for 80 meters stretched across my attic that with a tuner works them all as well. So far, so good. Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2009, 04:46:32 PM »

 I use the 6BTV with the 75/80 resonator. It's set up in my FRONT YARD, defiantly standing tall and proud. There are "some" restrictions here, but apparently not affecting my antenna. One distant neighbor attempted to cause trouble about the installation but his attempts failed. The city came out and did an inspection (from the street) until I invited them on to the property. Seems they were only concerned about it complying with FCC regs and not falling "off my property". I have three other antennas attached to the side of the house that no one ever notices. Even the inspectors didn't see them and they stand at 40+ft and 35+ft respectively. Oh did I mention that most people walking and driving down the street (a main thorough fair) never even notice the 6BTV?
 Good luck with yours and don't forget the radials, radials, radials.
  73, k0awd

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« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2009, 05:19:31 PM »

No NAZI of any kind, HOA or otherwise, is crossing my threshold UNINVITED (and that's highly unlikely to happen) lest they want to have intense and serious conversation with my two best friends, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson. I feel sorry for any ham forced to have to buy into that socialistic crap called a HOA just to get a decent place to live. Living there then becoming a ham is one thing but having to 'voluntarily' choose to accept it is totally unacceptable in my book.

I live on property that doesn't have any restrictions of any kind towards antennas, well except the one placed by the FCC due to my location to a runway approach. But even then, I highly doubt I would ever erect any tower that comes close to those height limitations. My neighbors know what they are for and have never ever said a single word negatively about them. But I don't care if they did because I was there first and the towers were up when they moved in.

Anyway, I digress. One thing I did in college living upstairs in an apartment and having an outside antenna mount (not supposed to but no one ever complained as far as I knew) was to paint the structure a light blue to match the sky so that whenever anyone looked up at the structure it blended in quite nicely. In fact, a few time when I happen to glance up when arriving home, I was a bit shocked thinking the antenna was gone. I have seen other verticals painted to match the background scheme and if done correctly, one has to stop and try to see the antenna to notice it. Now interference caused from operating is a total different subject and you have to follow the rules there.

Good Luck to all HOA oppressed hams in your antenna adventures. Remember too, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar so if you have to kiss a few hiney's to get your antenna approved, so be it.

Gene W5DQ

Gene W5DQ
Ridgecrest, CA - DM15dp

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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2010, 03:52:58 PM »

Hi reference the question on spraying with acrylic paint, i did, my background was a big evergreen tree and the antenna stuck out like a sore thumb, sprayed dark/heavy in some and lighter areas in other parts with dark olive spray paint, it literally dissapeared
Happy Wife Neighbours and none of them have seen the wire yet.

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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2010, 08:13:39 PM »

I am currently using the hustler antenna at my house.  It is covered with PVC pipe, I painted it white, purchased the flagpole truck and ball from the internet and proudly flag the American flag as I talk.

I need to run a few more ground wires, but I can work special event stations or nets without too much trouble.  My neighbors seem to enjoy the flag waving in the breeze as well.


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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2010, 12:16:38 PM »

We've got a CCR with enforcer-style suspicious neighbors at this QTH, so there is no plea bargaining with an HOA but stealth is still necessary.

This month's QST has an article about using a stealthy trap vertical mounted inverted-ell style to fit the building.  Since I've got no large trees for a disguise and I've got a deck in the back yard with a nine-foot rail height at one end, I'll be ground-mounting my old 6BTV at that corner of the deck with the upper portion of the antenna mounted horizontally on the house side of the deck railing.  There is plenty of room for 33' radials except on the house side where they will be a bit shorter.

This should be practically "invisible" and won't require any extra camouflage, hinged base, flagpole disguise, etc., and should be an ok radiator.  I can then tune my 8' high invisible "fence loop" to handle 12 and 17 meters as well as 160.

All this is contingent on the return of spring (someday). My MP-1 will continue to sort-of-work until then, and I hate antenna work in the snow!

Terry, K4IQT
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