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Old 04-09-2017, 7:18 PM
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So, I have a x-30 antenna for 2m (with ftm-100, ft-2dr ht) and antenna whip.

what are thoughts on placing the x-30 antenna in place of the dish plate (as in mounted to the dish pole)?

where could I put the whip? can I use the same pole? (i don't think i can).

as you can see the dish makes a great mount on the apartment though im not sure how to place the cb whip.

also, the grounding on the dish from the coax cable was to the dish chassis itself. should i make a ground from the x-30 antenna to the ground?
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It's a bad idea if you plan on keeping the dish antenna on the mount. You'd have to improvise an extension to the dish mount to get the ground plane radials of the x-30 above the dish,otherwise the dish will interfere with the x-30.

If you don't need the dish antenna, then I'd saw the dish mount off where it starts to curve sideways so you just have a straight vertical pipe to mount the x-30.
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Old 04-09-2017, 7:55 PM
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Forgive the question but does your condo association, HOA, or landlord *allow* you to put up antennas? The Dish antenna is a separate matter, under federal law.
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The landord i think understands that the tenants have a right to put dishes up. this last dish was left there.

i will take off the "dish" and just use the pipe. where might i put the cb whip though? how far apart should horziontally should they be?
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I pulled the exact same dish off the mount, keeping the coupling that went onto the mast. 2 inch diameter exhaust pipe was a perfect match for the inside diameter of the leftover dish coupling. Added 3 feet of exhaust pipe for some extra height and clamped my X50 onto it.

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I think you miss the point. Landlords often do not want ANY antennas erected and leases often prohibit them. The DISH or DirectTV antennas are federally regulated and exempted from that prohibition. But the minute you erect any *other* antenna, like a private radio antenna, your landlord is entitled to say "Take that down, or move out."

And these days, that's all too often their attitude. It pays to check before you put up a personal antenna, because you never know if the landlord has had a prior bad experience, like a big CB antenna ripping down some siding during a hurricane or wind storm. Sometimes, they aren't just being cranky. Sometimes, they are.
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i will take off the "dish" and just use the pipe. where might i put the cb whip though? how far apart should horziontally should they be?
Leave the dish, and cut a slot in it. There's a few different articles on the 'net on how to make a 2M antenna out of a discarded dish. Here's one of them:

http://w6nbc.com/articles/20xx-dishslot.pdf
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Now that is clever!
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