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Subject: [TowerTalk] Grounding your tower and
From: (Steve Weisbrod)
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 97 08:25:00 -0600
I put six 8ft ground rods around my tower.  If I were you I would put in   
at least six. They are placed at 120 degrees apart. Then the second set   
six feet away from the first set.

73 Steve W8GAZ

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[TowerTalk] Grounding your tower and standing off your coax?

I have recently put up a new tower, 50ft of 25G, beside my home with the
tower bracketed at 21ft with a house bracket on the top sets a Force 12
C4 at about 50ft. I have grounded the tower by driving an eight foot
ground rod into the ground about 3ft away from the base of the tower. My
problem is this, my home sets on a high plateau with a limestone rock
shelf only a few feet below the ground, about 5 to 10ft depending on your
location. I was only able to get the 5/8" X 8ft grnd rod about 5ft into
the ground before hitting rock. I proceeded to take a hacksaw and cut it
off at ground level and drive the remaining 3ft into the ground a few
feet off to another corner of my 1 sq. yd . of concrete. I am using #6
copper stranded wire to connect the tower legs to the grnd rods. My
question is this, is this satisfactory grounding for a tower in my

Next I have two runs of RG-213/U up the tower for the beam currently I
have the coax mounted to one of the legs of the tower with draw-tights,
is it better to have the coax cable hanging off to the side with a coax
standoff of some type?

Any reply is greatly appreciated.

David E. Shelton KE4FPS
Amateur Radio Transmitting Society of Louisville, KY

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