Well, here is my long winded post with some questions. First, let’s start off with the operating area. Downtown Bellevue, WA house that has high tension power lines down the east side of the property line, and normal power lines on the west and north side. It is a rectangle lot with the longest distance being east to west. I used to have around a 300 foot skyloop that was 10 feet high off the ground a foot off from the house, and 20 feet off the ground in the back. There is about a 10 foot gradual drop in elevation from the house to the back property line. The skyloop was fed by bending the wire down either side of a plastic pipe to act like a ladder line, which hooked to the MFJ-989 Versa Tuner. Alas, the windstorm brought it down, and space in the shack has caused me to not get around to fixing things. Well, I have been cleaning the shack out from the computer stuff, and setting back up for ham radio. I also purchased a IC-7000 and a IT-100 for the tuner. What I am thinking is putting as large of a loop as I can in the back yard. The following link is a sat picture of my house with some lines drawn on it. http://www.hackthemind.org/Layout.jpg The red line is my property line. The black lines are power lines. The blue line is what I am picturing for the skyloop. The green line is the feed line (window line). The purple box is a 5btv that is not fully setup, and the yellow box is a 2m vertical that is not fully setup. The questions are: 1. Is this layout optimal? 2. Should I slope the skyloop away from the high tension lines in the back? 3. What is the best way to mount it to the house? (I was thinking two plastic polls that are 5 feet tall.) 4. What is the best way to mount it in the rear? (The trees will not work because the ones I am looking at is actually in my neighbor’s yard.) 5. Will I need a balun, and if so what kind? (Keep in mind I will be using this for as many frequencies as possible, and have a 1:1 Choke Balun on order.) Now for the issues, I am a renter. While I am allowed to do pretty much whatever I want to the house, I still have to fit in with the HOA. My direct neighbor’s are really nice, and know I am a ham radio operator. The 5btv has to be hidden, and the 2m antenna I will have to take down if some one complains. I cannot put the 5btv in the back yard, or mount it to the house because the radial system and my dogs won’t get along. The reason I am going with a skyloop is because on the 5btv, I have a S9 noise floor, and when I was on the smaller skyloop I was only getting a S2 noise floor. I do realize that other factors play in here, but I also can hide a skyloop easier, or explain it another way. (Its how I keep the dogs in the backyard, yeah, that’s the ticket.) Anyways, comments, suggestions? Keep in mind, I am on a budget as I spent all my money on the new radio and tuner, yet I am not afraid of making pretty much anything. Time permitting. Thanks.