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[Towertalk] Re: [Towertalk]Grounds as good as it gets

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Subject: [Towertalk] Re: [Towertalk]Grounds as good as it gets
From: (Bruce Osterberg)
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 21:48:23 -0500
Well it looks as if there are about as many ideas about grounds as there are 
about towers.  The QST articles are good as well as personal observations, 
and practical applications that other people have used.  Ground the outer 
shield, Put in Parallel paths to reduce resistance, and still disconnect 

Lets Talk about antennas now.  If an antenna such as the Bencher Skyhawk is 
sitting on top of a tower, and is hooked up with its balum as described, and 
we ground the shield at the antenna, does this screw up the Balum?  or is 
current distribution still the same?  Same thing if we ground the Shield of 
Coax at the tower Base, (hard to seal), and what about the jumper straps 
that we must use if we have crank up towers?  What no jumper straps?  Food 
for thought.

We can make a good Lightning ground, Station  Ground, and RF ground with 
careful planning without breaking the bank.  Many of us are not contesters 
that need 24/7 protection while we are operating.

But this discussion thread was wonderful, if not too long for the value it 
added to the Hams in the midwest and south, were lightning is a common and 
almost everyday experience.

N9BX Bruce

>From: Bill Tippett <>
>Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Phillystran Grips
To: <>
>Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 21:57:10 +0100
>K7LXC wrote:
> >     When I'm erecting a tower, use 3 comealongs and 3 Klein cablegrips 
>to do
> >the initial plumb-and-tension when connecting the guy wires.
>N4ZR wrote:
> >For a professional,this represents a reasonable approach.  But for the
> >person putting up one tower, on limited resources, it seems like overkill
> >to buy 3 cablegrips to use once.
>         3 Mini-Mule Wire Clamps (MP 189) 1/16-1/4"   1300#  $30
>         3 Home Depot Tie-downs including ratchet    ~2000#   15
>                                                   Total     $45
>3 makes it very easy to plumb the tower as you go up and the above
>is plenty of overkill for typical 3/16" or 1/4" EHS guys.
>                                                 73,  Bill  W4ZV
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