2m antenna for home use

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Alligator24

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I have a Kenwood HT (5 watts) and an Icom mobile unit (50 watts) that I'd like to use on 2m from my house. I figure I need to install a 144/440 antenna as high as possible in my house. Unfortunately, I have no way to get a cable into our attic unless I cut a hole in the ceiling. I also have no way to get a cable outside of the house unless I cut a hole in the side of the house. My wife wouldn't be happy with either hole being cut. How have others solved this problem?

What do people recommend for a good home 144/440 antenna setup? I have a mag-mount mobile antenna that I'm no longer using, but I bet there is something better.

Finally, do I need radials with whatever I set up?
 

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Those are good ideas. Now I just need to figure out how to mount it on the house, and whether I need to ground it in case of lightning.
 

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Grounding is a must.. And not just for lightning.. Static can do just as much damage under the right circumstances. You can find all sorts of how to's on the interwebs.. Some simple, some complex.
 
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