Depends on how big the tower is.
I have a 14 foot tower/tripod on my roof and it's been up there for years and
has worked great. I used to have my HF beam on it, but since then I have put
up 53 feet of Rohn 25 and I now use the roof tower for VHF/UHF/S band satellite
As for lightning, you can do a fairly decent ground system if you do it
correctly. Polyphaser has a good app note on their website. Look, if
commercial sites can put antennas and equipment on high-rise buildings and
create adequate grounds, it can be done on one's house.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Jarvis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Thursday, November 6, 2003 05:19 PM
> To: 'Towertalk'
> Subject: [TowerTalk] towers on roofs
> There were two similar questions on this topic,
> one had a hazer, the other did not.
> One man's opinion:
> Towers on roofs are a bad idea. It costs as much
> to support the weight and seal the roof as a couple
> tower sections...maybe more.
> My biggest objection is lightning ground. I would prefer
> to have lightning have a solid path to ground, around my
> At the same time, it can be quite easy to build a house
> bracket from wood, and bolt it to the house. Sturdier than
> Rohn...and it gives you an easy ladder to the roof. For short
> ones, If you hinge the base for foldover, you can use the house attachment
> as the tie point for a block and tackle....
> Jim N2EA
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
> Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any
> questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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