While your at it, make sure you set the FREQ & SAME code for your local NWS alerts
for Joplin, the Freq is 162.425 mhz and the SAME code is Jasper/Joplin is 029097
In the event you want the surrounding counties SAME codes
Unless you want to listen to ALL the weather alerts tones go off for everyone around you, that is.
during storm season, our weather radio used to go on & on , I prefer to set only our county, some people like
to get what they consider as extra time warning , by entering a county west as well. too much noise..
John in Ky
As for the height of your antenna, my mast & beams were up at 56ft for 30+ years and it took the winds from Hurricane Ike to bring it down.. (fold over mast, so go it got serviced on a resonable time basis)
From: Preston Ward <ppreston69@...
Sent: Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:24 PM
Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Beaten Subject to death
Well I did join a scanner antenna group and have spent a couple hours looking around readioreference, but thus far the replies I've received have not been helpful at all. On the other hand, everyone I've had contact with on this group has been more than helpful and I *really* do appreciate the advice I've been given. Had it not been for this group -- and this is just one example -- I would have ended up putting a 3-4' piece of rebar into the ground and used that as my ground, and I very well could have also put it in with the concrete base of the mast too. I mean, it seemed like it would have been a good idea since I was already going to be 2-3' down in the hole for the mast and in very rocky soil, so why not just put my ground rod in there too and save me the extra pounding? I never would have guessed though that putting it in there with the concrete could blow the concrete apart and bring the whole thing down if it ever took a direct hit by
lightning*. So tonight while I was out I got myself an 8' copper grounding rod and 4' of 4ga copper wire as suggested from this group.
Now if it hadn't have been for the helpful advice from this group, I'm sure you can all see the potential results of what I could have done. And l guess I don't need to mention again that I live in Tornado Alley, and thunderstorms are an extremely frequent event here. With my antenna being 30-35' up (plus the antenna height) it probably would have just been a matter of time before I had the whole thing come crashing down.
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