Yeah I already thought about putting it on top. Problem then is getting to it for maintenance, and also the flag could snag the station and break it.
By putting it only 15' up the pole, I am eliminating the flag's reach to the station, and also I can get to it with a standard ladder without risking my life.
The wind turbulence and shaking of the pole in wind storms is something that I'm looking at closely... don't want an innacurate station because innacuracy is not my cup of tea.
Thanks for the ideas.. still thinking.. I miss my VP2 more each day. Gotta' do something to replace it or repair it soon. Just don't have the cash to throw hundreds at repairing a station right now though.