How I Deal With Stucco...

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WJ6F, Mar 26, 2017.

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  1. WJ6F

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    No, as that would require making a hole somewhere in the wall, and don't think the XYL would be overly pleased about that.
  2. AB4EJ

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    Sorry, I missed something. I thought the video was going to explain why stucco is so bad, but I didn't get that out of it. OK, so the house is also a Faraday cage. I gather the reason that is a problem is that you were planning on putting the antenna inside the house, and yes, the Faraday cage would be a problem. You solved it by putting the antenna outside the house (like everyone else does). Good work. (Or, is there more to the story?) - I had a whole stealth antenna system in a restricted neighborhood, complete with a rotatable, camouflaged hexbeam that looked like a tree from the street. Took my inspiration from the French resistance.
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  3. KX1G

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    I lived in a stucco house for 12 years with no issue. Unless you have your antenna in the house behind the chicken wire you should have no problem. 73, KX1G
  4. KF5BBQ

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    Except North Texas and Oklahoma have become Earthquake Avenue in the last few years. Right at the intersection of Earthquake Avenue and Tornado Alley.

    Ray - Kentucky Fried Five Barbecue
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  5. WJ6F

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    Thankfully here in California, we have really only one natural disaster, earthquakes, unless you count jerry "moonbeam" brown.
  6. N8WJR

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    I also have a stuco home here in Nevada. I purchased 12 gauge brown THHN wire. I built a dipole and draped it over my home. No complains in 4 months. World wide contacts with voice, code and JT65..


    Can you please say that in English? I need a SoCal solution too!
  8. K6BRN

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    There is no real problem with stucco... in Florida or California. Its an easy material to work with.... strong, yet easy to put feed-throughs in, easy to patch, takes paint well.

    Contrary to claims, the wire backing found in many stucco homes is way too "leaky" and lossy to form an effective Faraday cage or "counterpoise", not to mention all the holes provided by the roof and windows.

    The most effective solution Ive found is to install a section of PVC pipe as a feed-through and run all coax, grounds and rotator wire tbrough the feed through.

    There are explicit instructions on the forums detailing exactly how to do this. Suggest Googling stucco coax feedthrough K6BRN.

    I've put in several and when done well they are weatherproof, mouseproof and hard to tell they are even there. Your XYL will not care, unless you are a real klutz with a drill and hammer, which many people are.

    Brian - K6BRN

    And regarding Jerry Brown... its nice to have an intelligent governor who is not beholden to anyone.and can follow his conscience. Not too many states can claim that. Nor do too many states have economies larger than France. Just California.
  9. SGO1

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    I'm sorry but Jerry Brown is an absolute imbecile!

    The guy is running the state into the ground faster than the Hindenburg! They've been pushing taxes increases every year and the business have been leaving the California at lightning speed:

    - SGO1
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  10. K6BRN

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    "SGO1" Anonymous, eh?

    "Breitbart"? Never has there been as humorous a collection of confused "reporters" since Fox News bit the dust. Its like the amateur version of "Saturday Night Live", only the humor is not intentional.

    Do you live here, in CA? Might want to try it.

    My business is doing great, so is my wife's, my neighbors, too. CA economy is booming. If this is the "ground", what's up? A trailer park? You might have things just a little upside-down.

    I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. At least over politics.

    Still think stucco is easy to work with and have never had a problem with it.

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