Many listeners find that due to their location they are limited to what kind of antenna they can put up.
This does not have to limit your listening if you are willing to experiment a bit.

You can see the Great White North antenna at:

It can be used by apartment or condo dwellers and works well especially on balconies.

Other ideas include:

Dropping a wire out your apartment window. You can tie a fishing weight to the lead edge so the wire will stay fairly straight. 
Feed the antenna to the radio via wire or with coax by using the center of the coax only and not the braid.

You can use a metal slinky. Yes the famous toy makes a great portable antenna by dropping it out a window or stretching it across an
open space. Changing the length can help with different frequencies.

Metal window frames have also come into use. 
Make sure you have a good contact to the metal and strip away any coating or paint at the point where you attach the wire lead from
the radio.

Drain pipes and eaves troughs or gutters also work well.
Attach the lead wire from your radio to the down spout by making sure you have a good metal to metal contact. You can scrape off paint to insure a good contact.
These work nicely except in the rain when they are basically useless. Also the down spouts and eaves must be metal.
The new plastic pipes are of no use.

You can use a door by taping aluminum foil to the door. 
Run a foil strip around the face of the door and run a lead in wire from a bottom corner of the foil to the radio. 
This rectangle antenna can be useful. Believe it or not some DX'ers have found
that by swinging the door it can effect reception...or so they claim 

This can also be done on a wall. I had a large diamond shaped aluminum antenna
on my wall in an apartment that worked not too badly. An alligator clip at the
bottom was used as a feeder point for a lead in wire to the radio.

You can also use the wire tape used in security systems on a window to form a square on a large picture window.
Run the lead wire from the radio to the security tape foil making sure you get a good metal to wire contact.

Attics can be useful as can ceilings in rec rooms in basements. You can run wire around the perimeter of the attic or ceiling.
The wire does not have to be straight. In fact in an attic you can run the wire in a zig zag pattern back and forth in an attic
giving you much more wire than you would if you just ran a straight line
around the perimeter.

To get the signal under the window, of a condo or apartment  you can try to use a strip of Ribbon Cable, first wrapped in typing paper, then wrapped in
one layer of Aluminum Foil, then one layer of plastic (all for Insulation /Waterproofing ). This is then wrapped up in one layer of duct tape.
The Aluminum foil / silver duct tape may act to help  at blocking out all the RF that's around. Hook everything up, cover with your favorite RF resistant material ( Duct Tape).
Open the window, put the ribbon cable coax in, close the window & lock it.
There is a commercially available antenna called the CliffDweller II. It is according to the manufacturer:

" ... a real full sized dipole antenna - consisting of 130 feet of wire. It is capable of operation from a compressed size of
only 15 feet (recommended minimum) to an extended length of 50 feet - or anywhere in-between. Regardless of how you position it,
you're operating with a 130 foot dipole antenna....Bend it around corners - use it (out of sight!) in your attic - stretch it from room to room
 -- use it as you would ANY full size dipole
antenna -- except the CliffDweller II fits your available space! When fully compressed, the CliffDweller II takes up less than 1 foot of space
 - take one along anywhere an HF antenna may be needed!  " 

More info from the supplier at:


The Miracle whip antenna is another commercial produced antenna. It claims to
be able to receive from 600kHz to 500mHz. It simply plugs into the back of
your receiver. 
More info from the supplier at:


A third supplier is KB0XA antennas. They have various indoor and outdoor
limited space units including slinky antennas and loops or verticals.
More info from the supplier at:

I have not tried these units and cannot recommend them but some DX'ers liked them very much.

A very long time radio guy here. I started life as a SWL when I was about 6 years old (in my 50snow).
I still love SWL over talking with others, but sadly the golden age is gone. 
I still listen to the few stations that are around. 
I have been a Ham for almost 20 years antennas have been one of favorite things to experiment with. 
There is a pretty new wire on the market it is called poly-stealth wire. 
This wire is insulated and very strong. I have seen antennas made from this wire in 13 gauge.
I wish I had some of this when making SWL antennas years ago. 
The stuff is hard to see once it is deployed.

Use your imagination and if you find something that works let us know and we will add it to the list. 
Have fun...that is what it is about.




Remember On A Clear Day You Can Hear Forever

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