I installed and fired up Piaware (coincidentally) exactly 2 months ago today running on a Pi 4b with the FlightAware Pro Stick, 26" FlightAware Antenna, and the FlightAware Dual 978 and 1090 MHz filter. Currently the antenna is sitting in an upstairs window with plans to move it outside and up to the roof. I have never mounted an antenna or run such cabling from outside to inside before, so I am wondering if there are any guides on how to do it properly.
Things that I am apprehensive about are:
- where to mount the lightning arrestor (I figure I should have one to protect my gear), I know it should be outside, but do I need to place it inside another box for weather protection, and can I safely mount it under the soffit? (Safely, as in, if lightning strikes, could it cause a fire?)
- For grounding, the electrical meter isn’t too far away from where I want to do this, so I can run the ground wire to the grounding point on it’s box. I assume this is bare braided copper, can it also, safely, be run along the shingles of the lower roof (garage) over to the electrical meter? The total distance is probably no more than 30 feet (guessing).
- should I use cable with N connectors outside, from antenna to arrestor, and then take it down to SMA to make passing it through the inside easier? What would the maximum recommended distance be?
- lastly, what is the best way to run the cable into the house? Simply drill a hole, pass it through, and seal it up?
If there are no guides, advice will be kindly accepted!