Installing a Ham Discone Radio Antenna on the Roof

Don't fall!!

This Saturday we installed what is to be the first of several radio antennas on the roof of our house. I climbed to the top of the roof and mounted the mast and antenna while Deb ran around on the ground fetching tools and lending moral support. After it was installed we went into attic to retrieve and feed the wiring from the antenna on the roof down the inside of the wall of his office and then out at the base of the wall by an electrical outlet. Hot doesn’t even begin to describe the temperature in the attic in the summer in Alabama.  It had to be something in the order of 130*F or more.

The hole saw’s that we own have been used for years and are quite lousy so after fighting with the hole drilling for a while we decided to bring out the big guns. I retrieved the new sledge hammer and it did the trick. Now the scanner is working great with the new antenna installed. It does look a bit sci-fi though.  This antenna is called a Ham Discone Radio antenna and I am going to be using it with his Radio Shack Pro-2052 (dual truncking) scanner until I get a 2-meter ham radio, probably an ICOM 2-meter radio.

Check out the view from up here.

Don’t fall!!

Installed

Can’t wait to see what configuration the next one has. Hopefully it will be a little cooler the next time we try this.  The heat was just incredible today and I probably lost 10 pounds just trying to feed the wires through the attic into my office.  This antenna can now be seen quite a ways off, maybe we can use it some day to put Christmas lights up with a star on top, you will be able to see it from Birmingham.

6 thoughts on “Installing a Ham Discone Radio Antenna on the Roof

  1. You can also route the cable up thru the roof thru a vent pipe. Drill a small hole in the pipe in the attic and run your cable up and out. Caulk and you are done! No holes in the roof 🙂

    Plug: A good antenna is nothing without good coaxial cable!

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