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The antenna is mounted at the top of the pole and it is seperated from the pole by a section of PVC pipe. Is that what you meant by “outside and clear of the tower”? It is outside the building as well of course.
Tuning the antenna while it was on the top of the pole was almost impossible. So we let the pole down (it hinges in the middle) and I tuned the antenna as well as I could. We tested the range while it was down and then again after we had put it up and it was about the same.
I even tried connecting my ground to the city water main, but it didn’t seem to change much (I didn’t have that great of a connection either though).
I have the six grounding rods in line along the side of the building, and interestingly enough we seemed to get a much better signal in that direction. I suppose that is acting as a single radial. I would like to bury radials all around the mast, but that isn’t really an option is this case.