This is a great time of year to do some outdoor scanner work
What should you be looking at when surveying your equipment?
What You Will Learn in This Week's Podcast:
During today’s episode of the Scanner School Podcast, I take you through my spring/fall to do list.
- This list can be done in the Spring or Fall to take an inventory of your equipment and maintenance needs.
- This is a grounds-only observation, no need to get on a ladder if you aren’t comfortable.
- Start with the antenna – they are basically the last junction point, so make sure it is in top shape.
- Sometimes the radials can back out of the antenna and get lost, so make sure you haven’t lost any radials
- If you have overhead antennas, make sure the anchor points are still solid.
- Make sure your mast hasn’t twisted in the mounts.
- If you do see a twisted bracket, twist the mast back to the right plane so there is no increased tension on the coax.
- Make sure the masts have not bent.
- When checking masts and mounting, make sure all the lag bolts have not snapped.
- Make sure there are no nicks and your shielding is in place.
- Also, make sure the coax dressing is in good condition.
- Check how the coax is secured to the house.
- Ensure it is elevated off the ground and free of vegetation.
- Check where the coax comes into the house, make sure it is clean, sealed, and in good condition.
- Make sure the ground wire is still there, running straight.
- Make sure nothing has frayed, come apart, or gotten weak.
- Links and Sources from this session:
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