I know you can't tell them anything but have had very similar problem of
high voltage when the ground connection is loose, one time behind my
electric meter and once on the transformer on the pole and the third time
(different location) was also the ground connector at the hogshead above the
meter. The general linemen don't seem to understand why a loose ground and
a heavy load on one side of the 120 would pull it down (pulling the poorly
connected neutral toward the load) and causing the opposite leg to INCREASE
in voltage. It's been three times I have seen it on my places now and this
sounds like it could be the same type of thing farther up the supply line.
Also explains power on tower legs, the reason is that you/they are carrying
return current back through the actual dirt ground because the wire ground
is not available( ie. transformer ground leg disconnected at a substation,
etc, and is functioning through the cable to the real ground rod in the
No degree, no nothing, just experiences(3),
Jim Miller KG0KP
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jimmy Floyd" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2001 11:09 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: High AC Voltage
> Thanks to all for the input on this problem I have. Currently the Power
> Telephone Co., and the local Cable Co. are all working trying to figure
> one out. Seems this problem I found has clued them in to some situations
> their end also.
> The voltage has dropped some--248 to 250 --
> but I still have AC on my tower and equipment grounds as do all of the
> utilities. This has been narrowed down to a 5 block area and they will
> continue to work on the problem this week. When the problem is corrected I
> will post to TT reflector.
> Jimmy Floyd
> NQ4U // NNN0RKO
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