I have seen several references to the UFER ground, which has two
interesting things to be said for it. 1>- it was downplayed, STRONGLY, by
the ARRL for years, despite 2. It was a standard for safety grounding of
explosive storage buildings by the military. I don't think the ARRL
realizes how much their reputation suffered in the past because of the
position they took re this system. "If you have a hit, your base will
explode because of the steam"
I worked for 38 years in a 1000 acre plant full of explosive storage
buildings and sensitive laboratories. All permanent buildings had
"Lightening "rods terminating in heavy braided copper cable,
underground. So far as I know, the only strike we ever had to a building
was to a Chem Lab which had had its grounding system cut by a roofing
At 04:17 PM 6/2/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>At 03:44 PM 6/2/2003 -0700, Steven Gehring wrote:
>>Do a search on the internet (Google) for what is called a UFER Ground.
>>There are many hits on this type of cement foundation grounding method. I
>>hope this helps...
>>Besides following the NEC, I'd like to employ this method the next time I
>>build a new house. I suppose this UFER ground could be bonded to the
>>building ground and a single point ground panel.
>The UFER ground IS the building ground. You wouldn't generally see a
>conventional ground stake tied to a UFER ground (if only because the UFER
>is a better ground.. lots of contact area, low impedance, etc.)
>One could use a UFER ground at the tower and at the shack, and tie them
>together per the NEC...
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