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Re: [TowerTalk] Power ground

To: "Gene Smar" <>,"David J Windisch" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Power ground
From: "Tom Rauch" <>
Reply-to: Tom Rauch <>
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 10:40:25 -0400
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> Thin radial wires on the surface of the earth serve no
useful prupose
> regarding electrical safety of the service entrance.  We
hams use radials to
> improve the coupling (capacitive) between the earth/dirt
and our vertical
> antenna current return path(s) at 1.8 + MHz.  These thin
wires will do
> nothing to shunt to ground several hundred or more Amps of
60 Hz fault
> current from the utility.

Neither does a ground rod. It takes a massive buried wire
system or a large array of deep rods to even handle minor
fault currents from the power line.

What people need to protect themselves and their property is
a common connection point for EVERY conductor entering the
building, so everything comes up together without a path
through the building.

73 Tom


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