My votes/comments below.
73 es GL de
Gene Smar AD3F
From: Tony Casciato, AI9X <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, August 03, 2002 12:23 AM
Subject: [Towertalk] Proper way to ground open-wire feeders
>1) Manually disconnect outside the basement window, then connect both wires
>to a ground rod about 4' away.
Best idea, but a PITA.
>2) Leave connected all the time, since the tuner's balun is grounding the
>line to the house ground.
Violates the first rule of lightning protection: Keep lightning out of the
house. The lightning stroke will probably vaporize the balun and jump to
nearby objects within the shack.
>3) Leave connected, but put some sort of ICE or spark-gap device outside
>connected to ground rod.
Getting better. You're attempting to shunt the energy to ground BEFORE it
wipes its feet on your welcome mat inside the house.
>4) Replace the 30' high doublet with better antennas (Sigma vertical
>and use coax.
Same problems with coax - need a protector outside. Also, you're
surrendering to the problem.
>5) Go back to the knife switch and cold-water pipe ground inside.
See First Rule of lightning protection, above - keep energy OUTSIDE the
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