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Question about the 3 meter limit – obviously the radiator is factored in, and the TX is usually directly connected to the radiator which eliminates the transmission line, BUT…. there’s something that’s confusing me….
is the ground lead legally whatever is connecting the transmitter to physical earth ground, OR, can you have the ground lead stop somewhere well above the physical earth ground (like, for example, almost high enough that you’d have to check with the FAA (even though I’m several miles from an airport, for example) to make sure planes wouldn’t be taking your antenna down)?
For example… assuming you had no loading coil and your antenna and ground lead was straight vertical, should you make sure the tip of your antenna is no more than 3 meters plus the thickness of the transmitter box (assuming the ground lead is mounted on the bottom and the antenna is mounted on the top) above physical earth ground, OR, could you put the tip of your antenna about 164′, 156’9″, 152’10”, or 146’6″ (about 1/4 wavelength for several various frequencies I’m considering) above the ground, use a 114″ antenna, a 4″ ground lead to a metal (or something) stake, then the remainder of the distance to physical ground is that stake, then you bury your radial system at physical ground? Would that stake be counted as the ground lead, or would it only be the 4″ piece of wire leading from the TX to that stake?