[amsat-bb] Antenna near gas lines?

Rick Mann rmann at latencyzero.com
Mon Jul 21 18:42:12 PDT 2008

Hi. Sorry for the somewhat off-topic post.

I recently moved into a townhouse with a lovely homeowner's  
association. Rather than fight them putting up my antenna outside, I  
decided to just mount it inside my attic. I found a spot about 3 feet  
away from a vertical run of the gas line to the heater (also in the  
attic). My first choice as a location right next to it, 'till I  
realized it was there.

Should I be concerned about creating an explosion hazard? My  
transmitter outputs a maximum of 100 W, and it's going into a Diamond  
X-30 antenna (http://www.diamond-ant.jp/ama2/eng_ama_2_2_3.asp).

I wouldn't think it should be a problem, since it's metal pipe, and an  
RF energy is unlikely to go through the gas. But sadly, I don't  
remember what I learned when I took my test, if it even addressed this  

Any advice would be welcome.



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