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I had an email conversation with someone very knowledgable in radio theory and FCC codes. They had this to say:
[quote:01226121b2]An elevated antenna with a long ground run seems to be OK with
the FCC. They have given approval to many with elevated antennas. In
fact I have never heard of any problems with elevated antennas. Some
people have speculated that when you use a mast pipe or tower, only the
short length of the wire from the transmitter to the pipe/tower will be
counted as the ground length.
In my mind this is just speculation. The ground part of the 3 meter rule is
too vague to be interpreted accurately making it somewhat unenforceable.
Whatever you decide to do will not endanger you of getting fined. The FCC
typically only investigates if someone complains to them. Then, if they find
any fault with your installation, they will first ask you to fix the problem
or stop operating (your choice). This is stated in the FCC rules somewhere.
This is enough for me to proceed with my plan to install the SSTRAN antenna on a mast that puts my system at roof level.
Soon to be on the air in Omaha, Nebraska