I have read about rain gutter and downspout antennas but never tried loading my own or worked somebody using one, until earlier this week when I had a QSO with Craig, KA1GYB. During our 80m PSK31 chat Craig told me he was using a downspout antenna and had worked 42 countries and 42 states, including Alaska, from his Connecticut QTH with that antenna. His signal gave great copy for me and I was very impressed. He told me he could load it on 160m to 6m, using an antenna tuner.
Here are some links about this type of stealth antenna:
- The WB3GCK Downspout antennas
- SGC Smartuner™ antenna technote on rain gutter antennas
- Rain gutter antenna with SG-230 by WM0G
- Rain Gutter Antennas Amaze Me Too by N2LK
If you are thinking about trying and using such an antenna, consider all the safety aspects, for example; isolation, RF exposure to those inside the building and voltages at the ends of the downspout.
Please add a comment here if you have tried one and share your findings.