Here we are in the land of the tropical storm and hurricane.
Now we have a new way (at least to me) of mounting a small dish.
I suppose we will have a new category to list in the Saffir-Simpson scale.
What do you think? Will it blow away in a Cat 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5?
At least I don't live close to this installation.
Here it is at http://tinyurl.com/lacusk
Very well engineered. Many people would have put the block with holes up
giving much more wind resistance. The job was well thought out taking
aerodynamics into consideration. Must be one of the Rocket Surgeons did
If at all possible, don't mount a satellite dish on the roof - put it where
you can reach it: on the deck railing, on a pole in a pot of concrete,
wherever. It's easier to fuss with, take inside, remove snow, re-aim, etc.
Putting antennas up high is a remnant from TV days. The difference between
25,000 miles from the ground and 24,999 miles, 5260 feet from the roof is
Just like the TV antenna, you put it high to "see" over terraine, buildings,
and trees between the antenna and the signal source. Sometimes you can
achieve that with something on a 6' pole in your yard and sometimes you need
it on your roof.
I notice the "yard mounts" in places where the disk "looks" across a public
road which means that trees are far enough away that they aren't a problem.
In a town house community I am familiar with, the "dish" folks put them at
the peak of the roofs. I suspect that among other things it keeps folks
from screwing with it.
You would lose some signal through the glass and if the outside of the glass
is dirty, you'd lose most of your signal. Putting the antenna in your house
would probably also cause you to lose a favorite chair, couch or table.
Maybe a bulb and shade could be added so that people would think it's a
Its pretty silly and dangerous to do that on a pitched roof but ultra
common on flat roofs. If you were to look at your average shopping
center it would have a bunch of dishes all held down by either blocks or
sand bags to avoid penetrations through the rubber or vinyl roofs.
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