Sighting the Site
Posted on September 5, 2011
A cool day offered the opportunity to go back there and size up the future site of a 3-meter tower/bird-house pole with radials. It is on a rather steep hill, but there is no choice because the yard is a hill. The downhill looks north, the sides are east and west, but the uphill, looking south, is met by a 4-foot retaining wall above which sits even higher ground, on which stands a gigantic McMansion that must ascend 100′ above the proposed site, like a castle or cliff wall. Therefore southern penetration, which does not happen now, will probably not happen with the new tower.
But luckily it doesn’t matter, because the objective is to make the transmitter as remote as possible so that when its tuned from indoors it will be coming from “far away.”
The number of ground radials will be limited by various trees and bushes on the southern side which are to be protected, but we already believe the southern side is a lost cause, so radials probably wouldn’t do much on that side.
To make the project even more fun there will be a back-up system at another location in the event the main tower goes off.