Thanks to great advice received here, I now understand that neither my new WiFi antenna
nor my GSM/UMTS cell phone antenna
needs to be at the masthead, 75 feet above the water
with attendent long cable runs, more weight aloft, and other disadvantages.
My first thought was to mount all this gear
antenna, satphone antenna, and Navtex anntenna which are presently cluttering up the stern rail) on a pole.
I remember seeing an Oyster
which had a pole approximately 2.5 meters high with a ring on the top of it, where all kinds of anntennae were living.
But I can't find any such thing. The Scanstrut poles and all that ilk are made for radar
domes or satellite
TV domes, and antenna mounting is an afterthought. In fact there seems to be provision for at most two other antennae on most of them.
Since my radar
dome is already up on the mast
, and I have no plans ever to have satellite
TV, it seems a bit like the tail wagging to dog to buy a radar pole to mount my WiFi
and GSM antennae.
Yet hours of Googling have failed to uncover any kind of pole like the one I saw on that Oyster
Any of you guys faced the same problem, or have any ideas?
I would also mount these antennae on the mast
, but lower down, if there were some way to do this.