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  1. #1
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    Default Ideas for Pole lowering setup for Shed Internet

    Hi Guys,
    I am brainstorming ideas for a job I want to do soon.
    I have Ubiquiti Radios for a wireless connection to my shed for Internet.( Everyone need the 'Net in the shed, don't they?)

    The radios are Line Of Site, so I need to use a Hockey Stick mount on the house to get that. Shed side will mount on the gutter.

    For convenience for WHEN it fails, I want to incorporate some sort of 'hinge' in the base of the pole, so I can lower the radio to work on it.

    The 'Swivel pole' device looks perfect, except they look complicated and time consuming to fabricate.
    Radio is not heavy. Pole is approx 1300mm high?

    Anybody seen anything that might be suitable?
    Steve

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    Can't you take a bolt out of the hockey stick and lean it over?

    I used powerline network adaptors to get Internet in my workshop - it just requires a common phase.

    Jack

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    Hi Steven,

    For years I had a wooden 8' X 10' shed that I used as my radio shack and had a 144/146 collinear antenna screwed to the shed wall with a "Hockey Stick" very similar to the first picture. I had an 1/8" thick steel plate on the inside and two 1/4" whit bolts from the outside holding it. I used to remove one bolt and swing it down, using one bolt as a pivot. That worked well for a number of years. Until I got a 75 foot crank up tower and started using Yagi's.
    Best Regards:
    Baron J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Ryan View Post
    Can't you take a bolt out of the hockey stick and lean it over?

    I used powerline network adaptors to get Internet in my workshop - it just requires a common phase.

    Jack
    No. No room to swing sideways as the location is in a recess in the side of the house ( Alcove?)

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    How about just welding a short vertical tube to the side of the hockey stick after the bend, and slipping the actual antenna mounting pole up inside that tube.
    Would need some sort of rotational locating to keep the directional alignment, and obviously some sort of pin etc to keep it elevated.
    For maintenance pull the pin and the pole drops down. With a short one like that there’s no significant weight so just support it by hand as it comes down.

    Have you used the Ubiquity radios before? They’re rock solid IME, and unlikely you’ll be pulling it down again in less than a few years - so not like you need a quick lowering mechanism for frequent access.

    Steve

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    Hinged poles are on some railway stations.

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    Just a thought, if this is to be mounted on a facia or similar, make a backplate for mounting and hinge it to the bottom of the hockey stick mounting plate then secure to the backplate/fascia.

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    Those Ubiquity units are super reliable, we have one at work that has been going 5 years without issue. our customers also use them up in the cooper basin as they are very reliable.

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    Thanks Guys.
    @Jack Ryan I do have some Powerline Adapters as well. fOr some reason I discounted them due to the tortureous path for the signals.....through three SWBD's to shed. I just had that in my head....I might bust them out...thanks.



    @nadroj Yeah, I've seen some power poles that are hinged. Not easy to replicate.


    @apple8 Yes, on a facia.So it hinges down on the hockey stick mounting plate? Thats an option.

    @snapatap Yes, I've used them before. You know what they say, never say never....lol I'm an Amputee so SWMO will give me stink eye if I climb a ladder.....

    thanks

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    We have CCTV equipment on those swivel poles at work, I have nothing nice to say about them…
    Ive installed probably a hundred or so UB links in the last 10 yrs (about half of them in the Cooper Basin and along the Gas/Petrochem pipes that heads south out of Moomba as it happens) and they are bomb. Have a look at Melbourne Satellites site, they have a heap of different mounts.

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