Discone Antenna

Installed a discone antenna on my roof a few weekends ago – I had a lot of help from my FIL:

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Bracketing and drip loop.



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Antenna, mast, coaxial and ground cables all installed.
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The antenna itself.

I later took it down, as we had some frightening lightning storms roll through over the week after this antenna went up.  I had yet to install a ground on the coaxial, and did not want the house to burn down in the event of any lightning strike.  Perhaps I was overly-concerned.  Maybe not.

I did receive significant improvement in signals – I could pick up four counties instead of just two.  This antenna was connected to a hand-held Uniden Trunk-Tracker scanner.

Get into ham radio – it is fun, and you can learn much.  As well, you can keep in touch with those you care most about.

I am looking forward to getting some better cable, and if I put the antenna back up, will improve my grounding – not just a rod, but a system.

The only thing I would add is that RadioShack discones are not very sturdy.  The Nylon base of the whip cracked while the antenna was in storage – not even exposed to the weather outdoors.

When talking about grounding systems, reference is often made to multiple ground rods connected together, and certainly a ground on the coaxial, often to the house ground itself.  The key is keeping energy out.  Lightning is not your friend.

…the cracked nylon base. This antenna was only up for about two weeks…

Does this guy have no limits?

Barack Obama pointing

How many times have I had a client where the only thing I had to do was stop him from just crashing into, jeopardizing and/or hurting his or her own interests.  All they have to do is stop.  Just Shut It.  Years of experience in litigation and all I have to do is keep my client quiet.  Very easy, and most times, all that I have to do.

Obama Defends Use of Executive Power; ‘the American People Don’t Want Me Just Standing Around’

“The American People don’t want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs and waiting for Congress to get something done, Obama said”


“The American People don’t want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs and waiting for Congress to get something done, Obama said”

Much better.


Yes, please; Stand there and do nothing.  Stop screwing with that which you do not understand.  Put down your pen.  Go golfing.

Please just ride out he rest of your presidency and do nothing.  Then go.

The informed public does not want you meddling around.  Your poll numbers prove it.  Your track record is unconvincing.  You don’t have the CV or any other experience for that matter for us to trust you to be able to handle the responsibility.



US Navy does things we never think about.

I am struck by what a responsibility this detail is.  A contrast in how to do, and perhaps how not to do.  Nonetheless, you have to respect that which they do.



Hat-tip to the Navy.  Yeah, if you lose the chain and anchor, well, that is right out funny.  Something You Will Tell your Children About.

And yes, the loss could have been avoided, but thank God for those that guard us while we sleep.



Stating the obvious… .

Obama is gravely ill.

Well, yes. Yes he is.

Recently – actually, through most of his presidency – he has been golfing, campaigning, glad-handing…but not being president. I have a problem with this.

This only scratches the surface.

He ignores the American public, as much as we know that to be, these days.

Syria, Hamas, Isis, Jordan, MH-15, the problems on our border; lets not forget obama-care, military draw-downs, and obama’s “pen” – we should have a problem with all of this.  Obama is a big deal, and no one cares.  Our down fall.  This is not the USA I grew up in.

Even the WAPO noticed.  Kind of:


Who tolerates an absentee employee?  You or I would get fired, by the way… .

But his schedule is public notice.  And public access.  Maybe;



That calendar looks pretty slim, compared to mine, or yours.  What did he do today?  More important, what did you do today?  Yesterday?  Last week?  Dig deeper, you will find that this is the most un-involved president.  Ever.

His day is not our typical 9-5;  Today, he received some briefings.  Delivered a speech.  That itinerary ended at about 1:00 pm.  Maybe he did some important secret work.  Don’t think so.  Shhh.

Did you and I get up at 5, or 6 am?  Did we not struggle to care for a spouse, get kids off to school, or deal with our own issues, all while making it to work early?  Do we not toil late at our jobs, and still be productive?  Until at least 5 pm, yes?  Or much later, in many cases.

Among the fun-gun-talk and puppies on this site, here it lies, yes, Obama does not work hard.  He betrays us.   He is not one of us.  He ignores the US public.  He cares not for what you, and I, regard.  There is more though.  He betrays long-standing ideals held my most Americans, though most sadly do not realize.  He sells our future out with his pen, and socialist manifesto.

Go forth.  Talk amongst yourselves, but prepare. Comment.  Good luck and God save us all.

More fuzzy puppies to come.  unicorns over there….. .

Move along.  Nothing to see here.

Spoilt Dogs… .

Ahh yes, the hounds.  How they worm their way into all of our lives.  Would not have it any other way, but the lengths we may go… .  The first picture is a full-length couch which we allowed them to take over.  The bottom, ours, blissfully sleeping on the futon.  While letting sleeping dogs lie on your bed is fun and generous, you need to carefully consider… .

We sleep neither on a futon, or the couch, of course.


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