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    What are the pro's and con's of installing an antenna on a power pole?
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    Define a "power-pole".
    Answers based on the 2008 & 2011 NEC. If you're on the '14 already I feel sorry for you.

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    The power coming the the grid leads to a junction for my community, then a single power source (feed wire) connects to a pole in my yard, then drops down to my house (connecting to my main breaker).

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    Quote Originally Posted by acwilli View Post
    What are the pro's and con's of installing an antenna on a power pole?
    thx aw
    Dangerous and may be illegal!
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    Not illegal according to my power company, because I own the pole, but I was told that the electriacl interferance may be a problem. If graounded how can it be dangerous?

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    First off, you have to get up there. Then, to get the coax down, it will may need to run parallel with the power - the worst way to minimize interference. I'd rather put it on the roof, or erect a new pole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acwilli View Post
    Not illegal according to my power company, because I own the pole, but I was told that the electriacl interferance may be a problem. If graounded how can it be dangerous?
    You're right. Give it a try.
    What could go wrong.
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    I do not follow your concept of vertical installation so I attached a picture of my pole. The upper line is electrical and the lower is my cable line. The cable line runs down the pole and is buried the rest of the way to the house. I want to attach my antenna to the top of the pole and tap into the existing cable system feeding my home, but again, I am mostly concerned with the interferance that electricity produces. I do however still would like to know if the antenna is grounded, is there any real lighting danger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acwilli View Post
    ....... and tap into the existing cable system feeding my home,
    To make matters worse, what could you possibly mean by this???
    Answers based on the 2008 & 2011 NEC. If you're on the '14 already I feel sorry for you.

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    I think he wants to replace the cable feed with the antenna feed.
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    That's the plan, but safty and plausiblity are the real questions.

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    The existing coax cable feeding your house from this pole is probably RG-6. If it's much more than 75ft from the pole to the tv in the house, you're probably going to have to much db loss to get much of a signal.

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    810.13 Avoidance of Contacts with Conductors of Other Systems.
    Outdoor antennas and lead-in conductors from an antenna to a building shall not cross over open conductors of electric light or power circuits and shall be kept well away from all such circuits so as to avoid the possibility of accidental contact. Where proximity to open electric light or power service conductors of less than 250 volts between conductors cannot be avoided, the installation shall be such as to provide a clearance of at least 600 mm (2 ft).
    Where practicable, antenna conductors shall be installed so as not to cross under open electric light or power conductors.


    See if you can figure out how you can get connected up and adhere to that section.

    putting it up on that pole is a very bad idea and I recommond that you not put it there

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    Thanks to all.

    I am definitely not going to attemp.

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    Well, now that they have talked you out of that....I will add that around here ( San Diego) the cell phone companies are using street light poles as antenna location. It is a little different....no overhead power. Just whatever power runs us to the light. Seems to work.

    The use small monopoles. I don't know about your neighborhood, but again, around here, if you tried to put up some kind of TV multidipole anywhere near the public right of way, where others could see it and be offended by the visual blight, the Planning Commission would laugh you out of the room right after the voted 5/1 to disallow your permit!!!

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