Hello, Mike. I had the same decision to make about 5 years ago and decided to
put the tower (100' Rohn 45) about 130' from the house. We have 2 acres 200'
wide and 443' deep, so the tower is on the back acre. I ran two 4" sewer
pipes (PVC) between the PolyPhaser entry panel at the house and the tower.
For UHF I have one 7/8" heliax run. For HF I presently use RG-8, but will
switch to 1/2" heliax as soon as I can find some good used stuff. My VHF
antennas presently are mounted on a fence close to the house (for voice and
personal packet use) and one on a roof mount just above the shack (this is my
PacketCluster Node link antenna). I also have a 64' crankup/foldover tower to
install 60' from the house to the side. I already have one 4" PVC conduit to
the install location. I'm satisfied with the design. Hope this helps. 73,
Michael Bruss wrote:
> Soon my wife and I will move into a new house in the country where I
> intend to put-up a 100' tower. The tower will be used mostly for HF
> beams, but I haven't ruled-out putting VHF/UHF antennas on it. The
> question is whether to put it close to the house to minimize cable runs
> or at least one tower length away (where accidents won't harm the house or
> its occupants). I also have to deal with the guyed/crank/tilt and
> iron/aluminium questions, but want to limit the scope of this question
> to location. Having been a city dweller, my antenna experience has been
> with roof-tops and chimneys.
> I'm tending toward putting the tall tower far from the house and using
> low-loss cable. Land area, neighbors, ice/snow and power lines are not
> factors. I'm tending toward using a separate 30-40' light-weight tower for
> the VHF/UHF antennas, and it would be next to the house (it might damage
> the house if it falls, but not the occupants).
> A couple of subsidiary questions: The house is 1 story with attic and
> crawl-space. Is it better to route the cables above the ceiling or below
> the floor on the way out? How important is it to have the tall tower
> where it can be seen from the radio room versus out of sight where it
> won't spoil the view for family and guests?
> Any thoughts?
> Thanks, Mike, KF6IMS
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