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[Towertalk] Proper way to ground open-wire feeders

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Subject: [Towertalk] Proper way to ground open-wire feeders
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2002 14:31:48 -0400

     My votes/comments below.

73 es GL de
Gene Smar  AD3F

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From: Tony Casciato, AI9X <>
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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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