For the past month I've racked my brain about what I'm going to do for a HF antenna. I was deadset on building a fan dipole, and then I built a G5RV Jr, and now I'm going to build a full size (102') G5RV and attempt to put it at my home without electrocuting myself or falling off the roof. I spent some time measuring this evening and looking around, and taking some pictures. While I personally am confident in my ability to install a G5RV in the area I'm about to describe, I wouldn't consider it the "safest" option - however I also wouldn't consider any of my other options particularly safe or able to be accomplished without substantial difficulty or money spent either. To begin with, I'm thinking this. A 3' rooftop antenna tripod (those made for TV antennas and mini-dishes) and a length of 2" mast pipe sticking up from it. I'm estimating 5-6' of additional mastpipe above the 3' tripod. Say, 9' off the surface of the roof. The roof peak is about 14' above ground surface, for a total, of say, approximately 23'. I know this isn't very high, but I really feel like it's going to be about as high as I can do for right now. Don't flame me, just understand. It is what it is. So here's a picture of what I'm envisioning (I was too lazy to photoshop this, sorry.) With some of one leg of the G5RV being over my roof, that should put the 450 ohm ladder line feed drop pretty close to the end of my house there. That's good for me, because my shack is on that end of the house as well. Coax run would be fairly short right up through the floor. Probably 40' or less. Looks okay, right? Here's where things are going to get a little iffy.. When you turn around and look in the direction the wire will actually be running, you're greeted with this. That's an electric pole with a nice transformer on top of it. There's guy wires for the pole, another pole in the foreground with the telephone drop line on it, and several more lines as you can see. There's really not a lot of RF noise floating around in here though, as I've spent some time out there walking around with my pocket shortwave radio at different times of day/night. If the transformer is noisy, I'm not picking up on it. For reference - years ago, I had a G5RV junior in about the same area here and it seemed to do okay. See that little pink mark? That's where I'm heavily considering tieing the other end of the G5RV to. No, it's not in the tree located in the background. It's actually.. Here. Yep - the upper guy on that utility pole. The mark is approximately where I'd need the rope to be. If you didn't think I was an idiot before, you must now, right? I know, I know. I don't like the idea either, but it's one of only a couple options I have here. My plan here is to tie off a section of UV resistant black dacron, to the end insulator on the G5RV. This would ideally put the business end of the G5RV a length away from the guy. I'd probably stick in an extra ceramic dog bone insulator just for good measure here. Or, my other option is to do something with the fence post that's beside the guys. You can also get a better picture of the guy I want to latch onto here. Here is a satellite view of my property and a pretty close depiction of where the G5RV would be ran. I feel good about the roof tripod idea and using some of the length of my house to help negate how much real estate the G5RV is taking up. I kinda don't feel good about the other end of the G5RV being within a relatively close proximity to utility lines, and I'm even more on the fence about tieing off to that guy. Not because it isn't a solid guy, because it is, very. This pole and associated guys have been here for the better part of twenty years (maybe more?) and in the ten years I've owned this property, I've never known of any lineman to ever be over there servicing anything. Furthermore, it's beside the yard, so I'm certain any service would be performed with a bucket-truck, and even if the pole were to be climbed, the G5RV wouldn't be in the way of anything. I actually considered climbing a ladder up the pole and tieing off the G5RV from the actual utility pole itself. My father, who is an ex-lineman seemed to concur with my thoughts. I shouldn't have any issues tieing to a well established guy, but with safety in mind, it's always best to avoid utility lines and service like the plague with antennas. One last tidbit, I'm curious about what all of the close proximity wires are going to do with the actual radiation pattern of my antenna? I mean, since I'm going to be close to the ground, I'm going to have a cloud-burner anyway, so would it even matter at this point/elevation? Again, my old G5RV Jr was even lower. Less than 20' above the ground. It wasn't optimal, but it got me on the air. What would you do? Proceed with caution? Tie off on the utility pole? Clobber up some sort of mast and mount it to the fence post? Or scrap the idea, do something else, and relinquish my newly earned Extra licence for even considering something so stupid? 3's!