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Proposed A99 location

Post by barefoothank » Sunday, 03 May 2015, 13:07 PM

I'm planning to locate my a99 at the back of the house about 25 feet away from the tv antenna. I wasn't able to put a ground rod in that area however I'm considering running ground wire from a99 mast to tv mast and then down to ground rod. I've included a picture and a very basic drawing and would like to know what you think. Perhaps it would be better to go on top of tv but that would put me closer to big oak trees. Thank you
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by ogdoa » Monday, 04 May 2015, 9:53 AM

Are you using the tv antenna?
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Post by barefoothank » Monday, 04 May 2015, 9:58 AM

ogdoa wrote:Are you using the tv antenna?
Roger that although I should upgrade to pne of those new fangled ones they make.
Maybe I shouldnt worry so much about the nearby tree and just put the a99 there.
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by MDYoungblood » Monday, 04 May 2015, 10:14 AM

Don't bother upgrading the TV antenna, the old analog type work fine on the frequencies, digital uses mainly the VHF/UHF bands, you may want to upgrade the coax for it though, it does degrade with time. Remember this is only receiving.
I would put the CB antenna on the roof as close to where coax enters the house and where you have the radio located. If it means moving the TV antenna do so, shorter run with the coax means more wattage is getting to the antenna.

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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by Buzzweiser » Thursday, 07 May 2015, 21:51 PM

For antenna grounding you want the shortest path to ground. You also do not want sharp bends or angles in your ground wire. Consider the circuit path of your proposed ground wire. Should either of your antennas get a lightning strike the plasma stream could run the entire length of your wire which appears to be on your roof. JMO but that doesn't appear safe to me.
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Post by barefoothank » Friday, 08 May 2015, 17:58 PM

Buzzweiser wrote:For antenna grounding you want the shortest path to ground. You also do not want sharp bends or angles in your ground wire. Consider the circuit path of your proposed ground wire. Should either of your antennas get a lightning strike the plasma stream could run the entire length of your wire which appears to be on your roof. JMO but that doesn't appear safe to me.
Copy that, I didn't realize how lame that idea was, Thank you Sir! Think I will replace mast at existing location and blow off tv ant. for now.
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by Mudpuppy193 » Friday, 08 May 2015, 20:20 PM

Why not just put the A99 above the TV antenna? You may have to do some reinforcing for the additional wind load, but that would allow you to kill two birds with one stone.

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Post by southwind » Friday, 08 May 2015, 21:14 PM

:bounce: Hank, I gotta go with MDY for location, closer the better. My Shakespeare Big stick is about in the same enviornment as your A99, close to back door with the exception I may have another 12' section than you do. I live on about 3 acres with lots of huge old trees close to the house, but really good reception. Good luck. :cheers:
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by barefoothank » Saturday, 09 May 2015, 6:15 AM

Mudpuppy193 wrote:Why not just put the A99 above the TV antenna? You may have to do some reinforcing for the additional wind load, but that would allow you to kill two birds with one stone.
I wasn't sure if that would cause an swr issue but other than that I have no problem putting them together.
I'll plan it out so the tv can be attached at a latter time. Thank you
Dave I'm sold on Greg's idea and will implement it.
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by 543FtWorth » Friday, 15 May 2015, 17:37 PM

Have you made any progress with all the rain we've had?

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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by Lost Ram » Friday, 15 May 2015, 18:10 PM

I would put the A99 on top of the TV deal as mentioned. You might even get a little extra length of pipe on top of it too, strength permitting, maybe some guy wires if you do that and a sensible ground too.
There is nothing wrong with the CB antenna over the TV antenna.
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Post by barefoothank » Friday, 15 May 2015, 18:28 PM

543FtWorth wrote:Have you made any progress with all the rain we've had?
Not much, I may go for the mast tomorrow and order the Jefa Tech 400 cable but if I'm to be honest it's looking like an ecd of July or August.
A snail could do it faster than me.
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Post by Lost Ram » Friday, 15 May 2015, 18:35 PM

I just got 100" of the Jefa LMR400, I love that stuff.
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by 543FtWorth » Friday, 15 May 2015, 18:49 PM

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543FtWorth wrote:Have you made any progress with all the rain we've had?
Not much, I may go for the mast tomorrow and order the Jefa Tech 400 cable but if I'm to be honest it's looking like an ecd of July or August.
A snail could do it faster than me.
Thank you for asking though.
I hear you. I finally got one of my mobile amps back inline last weekend. I pulled it out 4 or 5 months ago to make a quick repair. :lol:

I use the same coax BTW. The insulation around the center conductor is a little harder to strip than it should be but it seems to be good cable.

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Post by barefoothank » Saturday, 16 May 2015, 11:52 AM

Lost Ram wrote:I just got 100" of the Jefa LMR400, I love that stuff.
Did you buy their connectors too?
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Post by MDYoungblood » Saturday, 16 May 2015, 16:39 PM

I have a spool of their 213 stranded core coax. They are only an hours drive from my house, no I don't use their connector. I use Amphenol PL-259's. If you use a hair dryer and warm up the jacket, it make screwing the connector on easier.

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Post by Lost Ram » Saturday, 16 May 2015, 16:58 PM

barefoothank wrote:
Lost Ram wrote:I just got 100" of the Jefa LMR400, I love that stuff.
Did you buy their connectors too?
I do not usually but I have bought theirs and they are just fine. I use the Amphenol brand when I can. I also bought a lot of the better Radio Shack silver type ones before they went under and they work well too.

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MDYoungblood wrote:I have a spool of their 213 stranded core coax. They are only an hours drive from my house, no I don't use their connector. I use Amphenol PL-259's. If you use a hair dryer and warm up the jacket, it make screwing the connector on easier.

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I will have to try that, I bought some because I have to take my beam down and am going to replace from under the rotating section back with the 400 but going to use the 240 for the rotating section.
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by barefoothank » Saturday, 25 July 2015, 6:49 AM

Ok she's up and runnin, est. 28' to base, goodbye cruel horizontal dipole whom I don't have the expertise to operate properly! whoot whoot!
Oh 1.5 swr on 1 and 40. :basketball:
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Re: Proposed A99 location

Post by 543FtWorth » Saturday, 25 July 2015, 19:40 PM

Good deal. There may be some people on 35 now. I'll probably turn the radio on a little later.

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Post by barefoothank » Sunday, 26 July 2015, 7:54 AM

543FtWorth wrote:Good deal. There may be some people on 35 now. I'll probably turn the radio on a little later.
I actually picked you up on your mobile yesterday, just couldn't make contact.

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543FtWorth wrote:Good deal. There may be some people on 35 now. I'll probably turn the radio on a little later.
I actually picked you up on your mobile yesterday, just couldn't make contact.
Whoops, I came here to ask another question when I spotted this erroneous post, it was 353 I was picking up. sheesh
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