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Subject: [TowerTalk] Routing cables - tower to shack
From: (Robert Shohet)
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 11:37:00 -0400
Hi Guys,

I have read a lot of posts that the coax, rotator and other cables should
ideally come out the bottom of the tower and then proceed at the same height
to the shack so as to avoid a downhill cable run.

My situation is that the bases of my towers are about 10' higher than my
shack - due to their elevation on ledge - my house is not on ledge.

My thought is to have all the cables come out of the tower under the bottom
rung,  go to a metal box next to the tower, be grounded there, and then
proceed at about the 4' level (near the tower) taped around a steel guy wire
(as a messenger cable for support) and anchored at the house at about 12'
above ground (slight downward slope from tower) where the cables will then
be routed to another metal box (and grounded again) and then proceed inside
to the shack to an aluminum panel with disconnects.

The aluminum panel will be grounded to the outside metal box with thick
solid copper wire through a hole in the side of the house which the cables
will also pass through.

Any problems with this idea and/or any suggestions to make it better?

Please advise.

Tnx for your help and suggestions.


Bob KQ2M

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