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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: (Lee Noonan)
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 13:27:36 +1000
Don't forget Bruce, that We also have Lightning in Australia....I know that
WE do TRY Our Hardest to keep it in North America..... But Sometimes it just
doesn't work... and ZAP!!!!
I have just replaced antennas and coaxial cables and Rotator.... and I have
earthed the cables at the top of the tower with "n" connectors... and I'm
trying to work out a way to earth the braid before it leaves the tower......
and comes into the shack (house)... which the Lightning did late last
year.... and it IS difficult to earth the braid and make it waterproof at
the same time....    Just earthing out the braid is OK..... but
waterproofing also.......

But I have enjoyed reading ALL that Knowledge..... and picking out the One
that suits Me... Hi  Hi....
Good One Guys

Lee Noonan VK2LEE

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Osterberg" <>
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Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 12:48 PM
Subject: [Towertalk] Re: [Towertalk]Grounds as good as it gets

> Well it looks as if there are about as many ideas about grounds as there
> 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
> antennas.
> Lets Talk about antennas now.  If an antenna such as the Bencher Skyhawk
> sitting on top of a tower, and is hooked up with its balum as described,
> 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
> 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

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