I apologize to all who have seen this question multiple times, but I searched through the forum for similar threads before posting.
I have two problems with setting up a base station antenna. The first problem is that we have covenants and the covenants do not allow a tower. I am not interested at this point in 6 meter and below communication, and want to focus a base station in the 2 meter, 1.25 meter and 70 cm bands. I sit at the bottom of a hill that blocks most of the signal to the north from my mobile unit, so I'm sure I need to put something up that will get at least above the top of my house.
That brings me to my second problem: my wife being a smart person is deathly afraid of lightning. She doesn't want anything up in a storm that might attract an errant bolt of lightning. I understand that antennas must be grounded and that it is necessary to have grounds pounded deeply in the ground for lightning protection, but the simplest solution would be an antenna that I could quickly lower and/or disconnect from the cable, such that it would no longer present a significant lightning hazard inside the house. I have read the sticky here about lightning and grounding, and not having an EE don't really understand it particularly well, but my general understanding is that the antenna needs to be grounded and there needs to be a lightning arrestor in between the antenna and the inside of the house. I do not wish to become a crispy critter.
I have looked at several of the Diamond antennas and I assume I could mount these on my deck in a way that if I needed to I could quickly disconnect the antenna. Most are under 5 feet, and I assume if I put some kind of swivel on them I could drop them to horizontal from vertical fairly quickly. But I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions or thoughts that might be helpful.
My thanks to everyone in advance.