Well, one thing I'm certain of...I've gotta figure out a different mast arrangement so that I can make changes, etc, more easily with the antenna. I'm using an old (very old) rusty mast (may have been a small antenna mast on the Titanic) that is basically locked in it's extended position at about 20'. It is supported by three guy wires attached to t-posts...and I basically walk it up and walk it down.
We had a ~40' tower that was installed at the house when we moved in. I dropped it about a year ago as one of the legs had completely rusted out and I figured a "controlled fall" was better than an uncontrolled one
...it had a massive, circa 1965 antenna mounted on top of it. I had in the past used that antenna some and hanging on the top of that tower was, well, exciting (and somewhat stupid towards the end of it's use.
). I acquired a few other sections of tower a while back and I may re-install this tower...just don't know if I want to go to the trouble of pouring the concrete or not and I seriously doubt I'll go back up 40'. I'll probably end up going with a CM1630 or 1620 telescoping mast if I can find one.
Rick, I do have a Channel Master 9521A rotor that I want to install, but I'd rather have the mast situation taken care of first. I'm curious as to how this rotor will handle the CM4228. I feel pretty sure I need to get an alignment bearing to support the antenna...good idea?
Is there a meter that doesn't cost an arm and a leg that can be used to check signal quality/strength at the antenna? My Samsung DTB-H260F receiver has it's signal meter which I think shows a combination of quality and power.
One last thing, yagis and bow-tie antennas are spoken of and used predominately for OTA reception of televsion signals. Does anyone use quads for tv? Back when I was an active ham it seemed the quad had an edge on the others...biggest issue was being bulky. With the frequencies we're working at the size of a quad woulnd't be very big. Best antenna I ever had was a full-wave loop on 40 meters...talked to west/northwest coast, east coast, and SA running qrp and cw at 1.5w. The quad is a glorified hybrid loop/yagi. Maybe I'm thinking to hard.