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Old 12-Jan-2014, 3:16 AM   #1
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mounting on metal masts....

I am wondering if there is any negative interaction mounting a DB4e and/or a yagi on a metal mast? Also, I would like to mount the DB4e horizontal to the mast as opposed to vertical. How can I do this? Do they make mast clamps that you can rotate? I might need to drill new holes in the clamp to fit the holes in the DB4e? Any diff in performance? It would also get me a bit more room for the yagi underneath.
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Old 12-Jan-2014, 4:43 AM   #2
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Old 12-Jan-2014, 7:28 AM   #3
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Television signals are transmitted in either horizontal or elliptical polarization. This means that the DB4e and similar antennas will perform best if oriented so that the 'bow-tie' elements extend left and right of the antenna center line. You will loose a significant amount of performance if you rotate the antenna 90° from it's designed orientation.

Generally, mount the UHF antenna at the top of the mast, and the VHF antenna 3' to 4' below. This means that a 5' mast lacks the room needed for a UHF and separate VHF antenna.

UHF and VHF antennas produced commercially (as opposed to home made designs) function well when mounted on a metal mast. The typical metal mast used for OTA TV antenna mounting is about 1 3/8" in diameter. In recent years I have found it difficult to find "TV antenna mast" in lengths other than 5'. My solution has been to use chain-link fence top-rail. I find it in stock at places such as Home Depot. It's 1 3/8" in diameter and 10.5' in length. It even has a swedged end, designed for stacking multiple sections end to end. And perhaps best of all, it's reasonably priced.
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Old 12-Jan-2014, 10:57 PM   #4
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No need.....GroundUrMast answered my questions. Thanks
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