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Stealth Amateur Radio
is your ticket to enjoying amateur radio from apartments,
deed-restricted neighborhoods, or other "radio unfriendly" environments.
Your ability to enjoy
amateur radio is under constant attack—but with Stealth Amateur Radio
you can fight back, get on the air, and make plenty of stateside and DX
contacts...right under everyone's noses! Only you will know
how much fun
Kirk A. Kleinschmidt, NT0Z
RE: A "cloaking device" for
Dear Fellow Ham,
your enjoyment of amateur radio is under siege from intrusive
homeowner's associations, draconian deed restrictions or unfair
CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions) — or if you live
apartment or condo and want to get on the air without attracting
unwanted attention — Stealth Amateur Radio
will show you exactly how to:
• Build and install dozens of
invisible, effective antennas, indoors and out.
• Use antenna tuners, autocouplers and open-wire feed lines to make
your hidden antenna work well on
more than one band.
• Set up an effective station that nobody outside your household will
ever know about.
• Successfully operate a low-power (QRP) station — and understand why high power is unnecessary —
even with stealthy antennas.
Install and operate a mobile station — the right way! — to maximize
performance while getting away from "radio unfriendly" locations.
• Operate portable stations from campgrounds, hotels, motels, parks,
picnic areas or other "away from home" locations.
• Handle interference
from your station (to nearby consumer electronics devices) and to your
stealthy radio station.
• Enjoy operating from just about anywhere!
About the Author
was first licensed in 1977 at age 15 (WD0BDA). I spent most of my early
years chasing states and DXCC Entities on CW, with a little SSB thrown
in for good measure. In 1970s central Minnesota, stealth
wasn't necessary — although I'm sure my parents would have preferred
something a bit more reserved than my backyard maze of antennas and
My freshman year in college coincided with a
solar cycle peak and marked the beginning of my career in Stealth
Amateur Radio. Many
of the antennas and stations I used during those
years are detailed in the book. Some will remain forever
1988, after six years of college, eight years in broadcasting and
countless stealthy ham stations and QTHs, I moved to
Connecticut, to work at ARRL HQ. Even
in ham radio mecca, until I found a ham landlord (the
best kind!) I had to operate on the sly.
After a brief stint as an assistant
technical editor (where I was editor for the 1990 ARRL Handbook,
pictured below) I took a position as QST's
assistant managing editor (and de facto staff photographer), where I
stayed until 1994, when I moved back to the woods and water of
From the mid-90s through 2005 — the period in which I actually
wrote the first edition of Stealth
— I once again enjoyed small-town living and its freedom from "radio
unfriendly" ordinances, deed restrictions, neighborhood associations
and the like. Life sometimes imitates art, however, and in 2005 I
found myself in a bigger Minnesota city living in a condo that allows
no external antennas of any kind, and has a detail oriented
townhouse association that runs a very tight ship.
a false start with an unruly rain gutter antenna, I grabbed a copy of
my own book, re-read it, and installed a horizontal loop
third-floor attic and fed it through an autocoupler placed at the
antenna's feed point. That antenna — a perennial favorite —
doubt helped by the fact that my condo happens to be within 20
feet of the highest elevation in the county. My QRP signal is heard in
every state and on all continents, and in the 150+ pages of Stealth Amateur Radio
I show you how to do the same.
the years I've written dozens of magazine features and hundreds of
columns on one ham radio topic or another. Since
1989 I've written
a ham radio column every month in Popular Communications.
In 2010 I started writing features and columns for Monitoring Times (I
got my start with MT
by writing features for the company's Satellite Times in
the '90s). A few years back, Ward Silver, N0AX, wrote Ham Radio for Dummies
for Wiley Publishers and generously asked me to be the book's technical
editor. Between Ward's follow-on books and those of several other Wiley
authors, I now
have six "Dummies" titles as technical editor under my belt!
of the publication are shown below.
to these publications as a writer, editor or
technical editor, but the copyrights of the books and
pictured above are owned by their respective companies.
My point is — whether by choice or circumstance —
I have been using all of the techniques, tips and tricks I
reveal in Stealth
Amateur Radio for most of my 34 years as a ham. It's not
just regurgitated theory, it's seat-of-the-pants practicality. Like you, I have to be
stealthy or I can't get on the air!
My friend Jock puts it this way:
|The Rhombic Rangers want you!
I've always had a weakness for stories
in which the forces of power and might get their comeuppance from
those who are smarter and craftier. I cheer for the prisoners of war
who build an escape tunnel under the nose of the commandant, and I
root for the freedom fighters who slip in behind enemy lines. It's
adventure of the best sort.
So I'd like to invite you on an
adventure of your own — into the intriguing world of Stealth Amateur
Radio. Kirk Kleinschmidt, NT0Z, a respected ham radio
writer and former QST
editor, is ready to guide you. A ham for more than
three decades and a
stealth operator for much of that time, Kirk has written a
fascinating and useful volume that shows how to get the upper hand in
the most trying circumstances. He's been there, done that, and has
the QSL cards to prove it.
There may be forces
of oppression surrounding you — antenna restriction laws, for
example — but you can triumph through stealth and guile. Is there a
dipole in that rain gutter? A vertical antenna hidden in that
flagpole? A delta loop strung up in the trees? Only you know for
If you believe that
you need a few furlongs of aluminum sticking into the sky and a wad
of cash to experience the best that amateur radio has to offer, I
have a pleasant surprise for you: it's not so. There are many hams
who have worked the world with shockingly modest stations. They'll
tell you flat out that more bucks out of pocket do not
Amateur Radio is fun . . . lots of
fun. So it's no
surprise that many hams voluntarily "go stealth" simply
because they prefer it. It's enjoyable,
challenging, and low
cost. What's not to like?
If you've been
looking for more fun, a challenge, or just to get on the air
inexpensively, strike a blow for freedom: hang a rhombic or loop in
the trees, dangle a longwire by the downspout, clamp a whip to the
balcony rail. A world of adventure awaits you.
One of my nicknames during the
years I spent at ARRL HQ was "the consumer from hell." I was — and still am — focused on quality,
value and fairness.
When friends and family members need to find the best price or
best warranty on important purchases, they know I'll ferret
the best deal. And when a company is pulling a fast one and not
delivering as promised, they know I'll get on the phone and give 'em
I wouldn't expect anything less
for my own products. I want only happy customers, and I have a long
history and my good reputation as a ham radio journalist to
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Kirk A. Kleinschmidt, NT0Z
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