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Nice post Ermi. You have probably heard of the directional discontinuity ring radiator (DDRR) which goes by other names and was developed for MW use on Navy craft. Sounds close to Krauss’ antenna you described. MY best understanding of this is it is a bent transmission line and somehow radiates. Never built one but I read the description with interest.
Years back I was very active in amateur radio based community emergency communications, one aspect of which was a weather net during tornado watches/warnings. At the time it occurred to me that with the lightning associated with storms it would not be a good idea to have an antenna 35 feet in the air connected to my radio and, through the microphone cable, to me. I built a simple 2 meter 1/4 wave ground plane antenna that I hung from my basement ceiling and could work all the area repeaters well. As I bragged on air about this it became known as the “subterrainian ground plane” and I was urged to publish in the local ARPSC rag the details. There was no new science here, just a new way to use the old stuff.
I also played around with a passive repeater where I connected my sub-t antenna to my roof antenna and the induced field from my handheld was enough to work many repeaters.
So, not everything that sounds as if it came from a sci-fi movie is fiction, but some is I suppose.