It is my understanding that carbon (an electrical
conductor) is used as the
black pigment in paint. It would be interesting to know if
black paint has any
effect on the operation of an antenna. Just a thought.
On Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:04:31 -0700, "Bill McCourt - WF1L
[hex-beam]" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I purchased a used K4KIO 6 band hex and the previous
owner had painted the spreaders with a flat black enamel.
I have similar needs as he did (make the antenna disappear
in thin air to thwart HOA nosies) so I lightly sanded the
spreaders and gave them a new coat of flat black using a
couple of rattle cans from Home depot before I reassembled
the antenna. I also gave the hub and center stalk a fresh
coat as well.
>My experience with flat black has been all good.
Things just blend into the background and disappear. It
seems to hold up OK in the sunlight too. Any coating will
provide some UV protection.
>Your mileage, of course, may vary,
>Bill - WF1L