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Hubby wanted to test the amateur radio set that he got me for my birthday (ahem). So he went into the sunroom and opened the window to the covered patio and hooked up the 2-meter quarter-wave antenna.



Yes! Why, yes, there IS a metal bucket on the roof of my $25,000 addition to my $360,000* house! See the sprinkler system's rain sensor? And the back of the Kia hatchback? And the BUCKET. With an ANTENNA on it.

We have a crime watch patrol that drives up and down the alleyways of this pristine country club subdivision. If I ever leave my garage door open and they happen by, they CALL me on the PHONE to tell me to close the dang door--BAD PEOPLE might STEAL some of the worthless junk I carefully store in there! Well, I haven't been able to entice a stealing truck** to come on down and get all of these piles of priceless junque YET, even when I leave the door open for hours because we're in the back yard or we're about to pack or whatever. Still, the crime watch people are very conscientious. They called me just the other day to verify that my door was only open because I was getting Mama's stuff together to take out to the car (we went on a drive, and she needed her walker, her nebulizer just in case, a bag of approved food such as crackers and diet RC cola, and a backup pair of shoes).

Wait until the next time they drive by!

"Yes, um, Shalanna . . . did you know that there's a bucket on your roof?"

"Oh, right . . . here, you can talk to the buckethead himself." Let HIM explain it.

They fine you just for leaving your trash out on the wrong morning, kids! Just wait until they see this lovely addition to my garden statuary. Maybe they'll think it's a UFO and it'll scare them away.

* {Tax assessment for this year. Neighbors have actually sold their casas for anywhere between $250K and $800K. But then they have new flooring and kitchen appliances. At least my stuff is almond and Berber carpet if it isn't granite and hardwood . . . and not avocado green appliances and orange shag carpet that has to be RAKED, as was here when my parents first bought the house in 1967.}
** {We get lots of burglaries now that our neighborhood has been Discovered. Used to, we were invisibubble. Now that two highways have gone through north of us and west of us, they've discovered us and are buying up the houses to renovate. We can't really afford to live here now, but then my parents really couldn't, either . . . we do love the old manse, but it's a LOT of work and upkeep, even when you don't have to tune an antenna on the roof.}

Date: 2011-04-01 12:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] wildcelticrose.livejournal.com
I LOVE the bucket

Date: 2011-04-06 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithildae.livejournal.com
Seems to me you would want another 10 - 15 feet. Is the bucket really a good ground plane?

Fortunately, our city allows antenna's for things like that. We live in an area shaded from the downtown repeaters, we lose about half the signal due to Fresnel interference from another skyscraper. About two blocks north is perfect reception.

On the plus side, I got to help lots of neighbours with their digital TV conversions. (Because my antenna was interfering with their reception. The one with no transmitter attached. Right.)

Date: 2011-04-08 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xikilyon.livejournal.com
Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

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