I’m thinking about having a tree-climbing friend run an antenna/pi/radio setup into a very tall tree on the property- it’s about 100’ higher at the top than the highest point of the roof. It’ll figure out an easy enclosure and probably just run PoE/cat5 to get power up there and to leave the SDR plugged directly into the Pi to minimize attenuation.
If given the choice, would it be better to mount the antenna “on” the tree itself, meaning parallel to the trunk and very close to the trunk… or perhaps better to have it “hung” from one of the branches?
The trunk option would be a little higher up, but I’m a little concerned that the trunk itself would block reception in that particular direction… a branch mount would be lower, but the angle “blocked” by the trunk would be a lot smaller.
Thoughts? Another question: I assume it makes no difference if the antenna is mounted upright or straight down, as long as its mounted vertically?