You've made the investment in your wireless equipment, maybe an enclosure also, you need to maximize that system's RF performance outdoors, i.e. the wireless coverage. In general, antenna height and line of sight is a key factor. That means identify your 'peak' installation spot to install your antenna based on your personal tolerance for the various antenna mounting options that can be used on that spot, and then how much if any additional antenna mast height do you want above?
Choose the best combo of antenna mounting option and target deployment location and mast height and diameter! These factors are intertwined, some locations may not accommodate all mounting options or mast heights, and mounting options alone may not accommodate certain mast heights or diameters. So, knowing the mount options and mast height/diameter first allows you to survey for best location and weigh the tradeoffs on cost/complexity of mount installation vs. the final height.
- Mount an antenna directly onto existing facade, tree, mast pole, etc. using after market antenna mounting options and run LMR 400 low loss RF Coax cable from there to your enclosure.
- Mount antenna directly onto the enclosure itself, then it just comes down to the location chosen to install the enclosure, which can be installed onto any facade, flat wall or pole. This is an attractive option as it reduces the potential signal loss from the antenna since there is only a very small RF Coax cable run of 1' or less inside the enclousre to connect the antenna to wireless gateway/miner.
- Mount antenna on mast(pole):
- Choose the mast pole and desired height. Powertaur offers stackable heavy duty galvanized mast poles as an option, to assemble mast heights from 5' to 20'
- Choose one of the mast mounting options that can support the chosen mast height and mast pole diameter:
- Non-penetrating roof mount. By far, the easiest, use this on any flat roof or ground. The SolidSignal SKY32816 is an ideal one with a 36" square base footprint. The 'base' version of mast pole offered by Powertaur is pre-drilled with holes that will line up to the base and through holes for arm braces on this mount. It can handle 15' mast, check the specs if going taller.
- Tripod roof mount, requires holes in your roof and bolts to rafters, and check the specs on models to see what mast height and diameter it can take.
- Side wall mount, needs to be structurally solid wall for exterior mount such as 'Y' style wall mounts SKY 32811or if the side wall mount will not be anchorable to load bearing structure such as plyboard or siding, then you need to use a hollow-wall mount which installs a backing plate on interior side that can span across load bearing studs, etc. the Commscope MT-221 is high quality choice. Again, check the specs to find out mast heights and diameters allowed.
- Use a guy wire kit if you have more than 10' of mast above the last mount enforcement point. You can use it for lower heights, but it's mandatory over 10'.
If your going to use a mast pole in your installation, Powertaur offers custom fabricated heavy duty, galvanized, 63" mast poles that can be stacked end-to-end with each other to assemble final heights up to 20'. The top picture shows 3 poles stacked for a total 15' height.
- 63" long, 14ga, SCH 020, 1 5/8(1.66)" OD pipe, .085" wall thickness.
- Galvanized for rust protection
- Swaged length of 8" inset from one end of pipe for extra strong mating to non-swaged end of other pipe.
- Powertaur offers a 'base' mount version, a 63" pipe, non-swaged, with pre drilled through holes at one end of pipe to use for lining up arm brace bolts on non-penetrationg roof mounts. Then can stack additional swaged poles on top.
- Powertaur sells the mast poles as kits, so you can focus on a professional and safe antenna mast deployment:
- (1) You choose either a 63" long 'base' mast pole or a swaged end pole.
- (2) 63" long swaged end poles.
- (5) 10" long, 1" wide zinc plated lashing straps, to give your installation a professional touch, holds your antenna cables to the pole without crimping the cable.
- (1) Heavy Duty grounding pipe clamp, secures ground wire to the mast pole.
- (1) Antenna mount clamp, dual clamp, one side on mast pole, other side provides a 3" offset parallel vertical mount for (1) antenna.
- (1) 30ft of 10ga solid core, insulated outdoor grounding wire.
- (1) 4ft copper grounding rod.
- (1) Solar Panel side mount arm assembly with worm drive clamps for range of 1-8" diameter mast poles. Includes stainless steel worm drive clamps for 1-8" diameter and an optional additional set of innovative plastic worm-drive and wing-nut tightener clamps to use on pole diameters of 1-4". These work great for the Powertaur 1.66" mast poles. The side mount arm itself can be attached to most solar panels 40w to 100w, from 16-26” wide and up to 42" long, 100w panels fit fine. Solar Panel IS NOT included in this kit.
8" long Swaged end next to non-swaged end for comparison
Picture of the 'base mount' mast pole version, this has these pre-drilled through holes that line up with the braces on non-penetrating roof mounts, the other end of this pole is non-swaged, so, a additional swaged mast pole can be stacked on top.
Showing the Mast base pole with the pre-drilled holes for non-penetrating base swing arms,
here it is mounted to the SolidSignal SKY 32816 base (Not Included in this kit), and the solar panel
side arm mounted to the base mast pole with the worm drive clamps.
Here is shown other optional components mounted to the mast, a cabinet and a 100w solar panel mounted on the arm.
Last but not least, the grounding rod and wire.
Using this kit, you need to just focus on getting a few remaining things on your own for complete setup:
- Purchase your mast mounting option. For any mount, make sure it can work with a 1.66" outer diameter mast pole that come with this kit. If your getting the SolidSignal SKY32816 non-penetrating roof mount, then also make sure to get (6) 8x8x16 standard cinder blocks to put on the base.
- Purchase a guy wire kit if the mast height you plan for is more than 10' height above lowest attachment point.