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Antenna mount for apartment

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I tried making a mount, that would mount my A/C. It ended up being too heavy and I couldn't install it without falling out the window. I had the PVC pipe(1/2") going out at a 45 degree angle, then had it go straight up to clear the roof/gutar. I fastened a pizza pan to the top and threw my mag mount on that. It was odd shaped and just to much weight to handle with one hand to install. I put a bigger sized PVC pipe(3/4") on the A/C unit thinking I would just slid a smaller sized PVC pipe into, making the install easier. Look at the photos and offer something else I might be able to try??? For now, I got my antenna mounted upside down on the bottom on the A/C unit. It doesn't work real well. I monitor VHF-HI, UHF, and 800. Thanks for any suggestions!!!

Tim K.
 

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Nice try but all is not lost. You might look into the "Ventenna". Its designed to slip over those vent pipes on most roofs. Not sure if the dimensions of a pipe it requires matches the pvc you are using but it might be worth investigating. You might be able to do something similar with it without the pizza pan.
 

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Hi Tim,

Excellent work! You're on the right track. We're presuming you don't have any antenna covenants...yes?

I don't think you need to straighten the antenna out...how about getting a whip attached to the end of the removable post? So it's sticking out there at 45 degrees. It'll still work. Unless you need line of sight to a transmitter. Attach a flag or banner to it and no one will be the wiser. Please let us know what you finally decide on.

73 and Good Hunting!

Gene N1EH
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Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
 
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Here is what I came up with. I left it slanted on purpose so the rain/snow/ice, ect will roll off and not pile up on the pizza pan. I think I am going to get "Y" and come off with two pipes going out to better support the pizza pan.
 

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I told me girlfriend I was making a "thing" to talk to aliens with. I heard her on the phone talking to her mom about a 1/2 hour later saying I was making a "thing" to talk to aliens with.

Seems to be working well. Hearing TRS systems 20 miles away and VHF-HI repeaters 40 miles away.
 

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In the photo it is a VHF 1/4. Since the photo, I have replaced it with a Larsen 150/450/800 tri-band antenna. It picks up the 800 mhz TRS systems better.
 
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