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Old 06-28-2021, 10:43 AM   #1
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Question Crank / Two-Position Pole Mount for Antenna

I am looking to put a pole mount on my roof for a LTE antenna. Because the antenna will end up being higher than the rest of the roof, I don't want to have clearance issue and therefor want the flexibility to be able to raise and lower it.


I was looking at something like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER


...and figured I'd just put it close enough to the edge of the roof and I'd ladder myself up there and do a quick adjustment to raise and lower it. I don't like the idea of doing that over and over again over time though. I'd much rather have something that was adjustable by hand.


I was also thinking about modifying something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Antenna-Adjus...898128&sr=8-25


...to be able to put a pole on it. I was also thinking of a crank-based mount but couldn't find anything.


Thoughts?
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I am not exactly sure what the expectation is from this. The lower frequencies (700/850) can penetrate the RV very well, Midband (1900/2300) should be OK as well. If you are way in the boonies, then maybe but I am not sure it buys you a whole lot. IMHO.
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I have been thinking about the same thing for my rig. I have spent some time looking at linear actuators with the thought of running a powered switch inside my electronics cabinet. There is one you can buy already put together but I want to say it goes for ~$500, just for the raise, lower, device of course.
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After a ton of searching, it seems buying an expensive actuator was the only thing that would solve it because i didn't want to have to climb up to the roof all the time. And since I thought an actuator was a little over-the-top, I decided just to lose some dBi and use a longer cable to run it to my ladder on the back. I'm mounting it as high as I can without adding clearance.
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After a ton of searching, it seems buying an expensive actuator was the only thing that would solve it because i didn't want to have to climb up to the roof all the time. And since I thought an actuator was a little over-the-top, I decided just to lose some dBi and use a longer cable to run it to my ladder on the back. I'm mounting it as high as I can without adding clearance.
Not second guessing you decision to mount on the ladder but wonder why you thought an actuator had to be expensive? Again not knocking your decision, I'm wondering if I missed something. I have an actuator that was less than $50 and is supposed to be okay for the weather but haven't got around to putting it all together. I don't think the rest of the solution will add more than $20 since I have most of the stuff here in my junk box.
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Here is what I ended up doing. I used two PVC pipes that could fit inside each other (1-1/2" smaller and 2" larger) along with two thick 1/2-inch locking pins. This allows me to easily raise and lower the antenna with just a step stool at the back. I used gray schedule 40 (sch 80 is hard to find) for better UV/temp resistance but also wrapped the pipe in white tape to help shield it from the elements. I also plan to put a safety wire attached from the antenna to the ladder, just in case something happened during travel (though, it would be held on by the antenna wires as well).
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