A "full-size" antenna, such as a half-wave dipole, has a number of advantages, but smaller antennas can work very well, too. If you live in an apartment or condominium, or in certain communities, you may be restricted to the use of small or hidden radiators. You may simply not have enough space for an antenna, or you (or your family or your neighbors) may not appreciate the beauty of a large antenna system. This page offers information on various schemes you can use to build a small-scale antenna.
- Welcome to Rentsville, DX
QST October 1998, pp. 66-67
Living in a high-rise apartment can be an advantage rather than a hindrance. Here are a few things to have in mind even before you start.
- The Care and Feeding of a Condo Antenna Farm
QST April 2001, pp. 64-66
Some tips on stealth and diplomacy that may help you enjoy ham radio from your condo.
Correspondence: The Venetian Blind Antenna, QST June 2001, p. 25 An indoor inverted U wire antenna
- HF Antennas for Restricted Space
Some hints on hiding an antenna
- Lab Notes - Limited Space Antennas
QST December 1992, pp. 85-86
Some hints on putting up antennas in tight spaces.
- Antennas and Grounds for Apartments
QST December 1980, pp. 40-43
What do you do when the landlord says "no antenna"?
- Better Results with Indoor Antennas
QST October 1979, pp. 18-21
Rules for a successful indoor antenna.
- Compact and Portable Antenna Roundup
QST March 1998, pp. 72-78 (Product Review)
This review covers five commercial HF limited space antennas.
- An In-Room, 80-Meter Transmitting Multiturn Loop Antenna
QST February 1996, pp. 43-45. Feedback QST May 1996, p. 48.
A little wood, some wire and a handful of components can make a directional antenna for indoor use where outdoor antennas are not permitted.
- A Disguised Flagpole Antenna
QST May 1993, p. 65
- The Flagpole Deluxe
QST March 1978, pp. 29-32
If you've got to hide your antenna, make this flagpole do double duty as an efficient four-band vertical.
- A Five-Element, 2-Meter Yagi for $20
QST July 1999, pp. 34-37
Get about 10dB from a modified Radio Shack FM broadcast receiving antenna.
- A 40-Meter DDRR Antenna
QST December 1971, pp. 28-32 Basically this antenna consists of a ¼-wave element grounded at one end and wound into a single turn coil, a few conductor diameters above ground.
- Antenna Aesthetics
QST June 2001, p. 97
Think of your neighbors when planning your antenna farm.
- Apartment Dwellers' Slinky Jr. Antenna
QST October 1974 QST, pp, 22-23
And old design for a shortened dipole made from a child’s toy that is still popular today
- Flagpole J for 10 Meters
QST March 1989
Hide your antenna in plain sight.
- Flagpole Vertical
Jim Ebner N8JE describes how to convert a Hustler 6-btv into a flapole vertical in the April 2007 QST, p. 21.
- An All-Band Attic Antenna
Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, describes how to make an effective inverted L with an Icom AH-4 autotuner. QST October 2007 pp. 33-37.
- THE ROCKLOOP
A Compact Antenna for 10.1, 14 & 21 Mhz Bands
- An Attic Coaxial-Cable Trap Dipole for 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, and 80 Meters
A coaxial-cable trap dipole antenna installed in the attic provides a surprisingly effective solution to HF operation on the 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, and 80 meter amateur bands at a QTH with restrictive covenants that prohibit outside antennas.
- Geoff Haines, N1GY, describes the details of his new flagpole on his web site.