Rural antennas and lightning rods

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I would have made the subject “The things you’ll see!” but wanted to draw eyes.

I am getting an outside antenna and driving a convertible I’ve been watching rooflines around town to see what people are using. This weekend going through central PA I came to an area that had a lot of antennas. Most were on towers separate from the house, a few on the roof. There were a few designs I have not seen on the major antenna sites like Winegard or CM. Are there any websites that have more examples? I’m looking at this right now http://www.kyes.com/antenna/antennadex.html

I’ll describe most of them as arrows. The shaft is horizontal to the ground. The head has an arm above and below the shaft.
What is the name of the smaller shafts, perpendicular to the main shaft and arms, horizontal to the ground?
Some of these shafts were very short on the whole antenna, while other antenna had varying sizes. The first type is UHF and the second VHF?
Would the head of the arrow be pointing away or towards the signal?
The only type I don’t see described is like a mirrored ground plane. It had both downward and upward radials.


This area had houses with lightning rods, usually three to a roof. Some of them were just spikes, while others had balls above the bottom. It was noticeable, easily fifty percent of the structures. I scanned this morning and saw no houses in my area with lightning rods and don’t remember any in my hometown. My sister-in-law lost a house to lightning; though it hit an electrical poll a distance away that shorted out the electrical box and started a fire. Just wondering what is up with all the rods? Is it a factor of house density? I saw them in towns and farms. When they were built?
 

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