Where do your antennas belong? Outside of course! But what if the time comes when your visible antennas make you a target? If that day comes you will have to go covert. With all of the HOA restrictions removing your rights, some of you may already be doing this.
It’s hard enough to find good places to erect antennas as it is, but going indoors makes it even more challenging. The first thing you have to understand is this: no indoor antenna will perform as good as one out in open air. This is a fact you have to deal with when working in these conditions. Some of you may have a usable attic space where you can hang diapoles, longwires etc. But what if you don’t have that luxury? What can you do? There are some time tested methods that have worked for resistance fighters, spies, and underground operatives for years. These antennas are simple to construct and with a tuner, can yield decent results.
Some other, more modern methods prove useful as well.
These drawings and pictures show what can be done with limited space and low power. These antennas will provide suitable results for the clandestine operator. They may be installed fast and taken down fast to avoid detection. Most of the “spy sets” or “parasets” of the day where low power (QRP, 5 watts or less) tube rigs.
Even though these units were low power, they still got the message through. Remember “does it work good?…..no……..does it work?……YES!” We are not speaking in perfect conditions. If these methods must be applied we are playing under a different set of rules. Always try to get the best antenna up, but don’t let the situation limitations stop you from running comms. I have a friend who was a SF radio operator and he told me that there HF antennas would get shelled every night! After replacing the antenna a couple of times, they came up with a great fix. They buried there diapole. He said they took rubber hose to isolate the hot side from ground and ran the coax up trough the dirt! I asked him if it worked good and he said “it worked better than NO antenna!” This is the stuff you need to keep in mind when times get tough. Try this now. It’s easy when you don’t need hide for real! Use low power, any wire you have and just try it. You might be amazed at how good it works.