# Suggestions for above-roof mounting Windom

Setup

We just finished an addition on our house, and I have (on the diagonal) ~65 feet of space to work with. The pitch of the roof raises ~5-6 feet from the gutters to the apex of the roof. Roof access is relatively easy, feed line is already run and I have plenty to reach most anywhere I need to go (except the extreme edges and corners, which with a Windom is irrelevant).

Before the addition, I had a 40-6m Windom up and mounted via ad-hoc "satellite dish mounts", made of PVC, around 2 feet long, and drilled into the fascia of the house. On average, the wire was ~6 inches off the shingles. I was < 2.0 VSWR on all bands the Windom covered.

What I'm looking to accomplish

I'd like to get back at least what I had, if not improve the performance. My biggest issue is the additional raise I'm going to have to deal with.

Question(s)

1. Has anyone mounted a Windom (or similar wire antenna) on their house in a similar manner to what I'm describing above.

2. If "Yes" to #1, what did you use to "defeat" the pitch of the roof to get the entire Windom off the shingles?

3. If "No", any suggestion for what to use to accomplish this? Is longer PVC (perhaps thicker) sufficient?

4. (General Windom question) Is the wire of the Windom (if attached in a taut manner, using rope attached to insulators at the end of the wires sufficient to support the balun with feed line attached? Or should I consider a "balun mounting" solution and drill into my nice, new roof to help support it. I'm hoping the former will work.

• Is your Windom fed with one or two wires? – Mike Waters Aug 20 '17 at 19:38
• Good question - one. RG-8X, ~60 feet. – CDub Aug 20 '17 at 19:42
• Ok. I should have said conductors instead of "wires". – Mike Waters Aug 20 '17 at 19:44
• I think the answer is still “one” ... sorry, my electrical knowledge has escaped me. – CDub Aug 20 '17 at 19:47
• My fault. A better question would have been fed with 1 wire or coax? (which has two conductors). The reason I asked is that the original Windom was fed with a single wire 14% off-center. What you have is known as an OCF (off-center fed) dipole. That's not important here now. – Mike Waters Aug 20 '17 at 19:55