The pinch on the wallet...

FM Antenna - purchase and installation costs Summer 2006
Item Qty. Cost each Extended cost
FM antenna, Radio Shack #15-2163 1 $26.68 $26.68
antenna mast, 5' 1 $12.80 $12.80
antenna mast, 10' 1 $19.20 $19.20
antenna rotator, magnavox M61415 1 $55.19 $55.19
paint, Krylon Fusion, dk green 1 $5.29 $5.29
paint, Krylon Fusion, satin blk 2 $5.29 $10.58
paint, Krylon flat black 1 $5.29 $5.29
paint, Krylon primer 1 $5.29 $5.29
cable, 50' Belden 1694A coax w/ f-connectors 1 $40.00 $40.00
antenna mount brackets, galv. steel, 8" pair 2 $5.31 $10.62
antenna chimney strap (wouldn't fit chimney) 1 $26.68 $26.68
eBay sell chimney strap 1 -$11.51 -$11.51
screws and nuts, various, stainless steel 1 $10.00 $10.00
grounding block for coax, Radio Shack #15-923 1 $5.33 $5.33
f-connectors for co-ax 4 $1.50 $6.00
lightning protector, gas discharge, Altelicon AL-FFFF 1 $28.94 $28.94
wire, bare copper #6, 40 feet 1 $36.92 $36.92
wire, bare copper #6, 65 feet 1 $60.00 $60.00
cable ties, black UV-resist, package 1 $12.00 $12.00
cable ties, white, package 1 $12.00 $12.00
cable, antenna rotator 3-conductor, 100' 1 $21.34 $21.34
300 ohm to 75 ohm transformer (balun) 1 $7.46 $7.46
ground rod, copper-clad steel, 8' 1 $10.00 $10.00
ground rod clamp, bronze 2 $3.08 $6.16
wall plate, f-connector and rotator jack 1 $7.00 $7.00
masonry anchors, zinc cone/lead sleeve 1/4-20 8 $1.00 $8.00
masonry anchors, #8 sleeve anchor acorn nut 3 $0.37 $1.11
tape, electrical, 3M Super 33+ 1 $4.50 $4.50
conduit access elbow, 3/4" 1 $5.00 $5.00
conduit elbow, plastic 1 $5.00 $5.00
conduit tubing, 10' plastic 1 $5.00 $5.00
conduit clamp 3/4" 2 $1.00 $2.00
pipe nipple, steel 3/4" 1 $2.50 $2.50
cable tubing, split, flexible black 5', RS #278-1624 1 $6.00 $6.00
ground clamp, for antenna mast 1 $2.00 $2.00
isolation transformer f/coax, Jensen VRD-1FF 1 $57.00 $57.00
ground loop isolator, Radio Shack #270-054 1 $18.00 $18.00
New tools purchased for project
hammer drill, Makita inch for project 1 $97.00 $97.00
masonry bit, 1/2" 1 $12.00 $12.00
masonry bit, 1/4" 1 $6.00 $6.00
electrical tester, AC outlet plug-in type 1 $6.38 $6.38
crimp tool, coax connectors 1 $18.00 $18.00
wire stripper, coax 1 $14.50 $14.50
Miscellaneous
book, ARRL Antenna Handbook - 20th Ed. 1 $45.00 $45.00
Rooftop installation labor
labor, 3 hours (got gutters and skylight cleaned too!) 3 $100.00 $300.00
Grand Total $1,044.25

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Last Modified By: William Schneider
Last Modified On: Wednesday, November 22,  2006