Sure, copper pipe might work fine, so long as your insurance agent is
willing to pay out for your lightning damage even though your
installation doesn't meet the recognized codes. I dunno, it just isn't
worth it to me..............Daron J. Wilson, RCDD
Perhaps the reason they don't recommend it is the copper pipe can be crushed
when pounding it in. The typical installation in home construction does
just that....pound it in. Jetting it eliminates the pounding.
I have three 200 footers in the back yard and it is always, uh...exciting to
watch the tower flash and have the charge go 'down the hole' with my 1/2 inch
ten foot CU pipes.
Let's face it, how many ham radio installations out there would pass a
structural or electrical engineer's inspection, with all the 'i's dotted and
't's crossed. Jeez, these aren't Clearchannel installations, they're amateur
Bill K4XS (in the lightning capitol of North America, Central FL)
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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