On Fri, 21 Jan 2005 11:00:51 -0500, Gary Schafer wrote:
>Why do you install a ground rod at the generator?
Safety codes in general require that a power system have its neutral
bonded to earth within a very short distance of where it is
established. In a building, that would be the service entrance. A
generator also establishes a system, so that's the generally
>Just use a gfi breaker.
Well, it's safe, but I would be concerned that leakage currents
could cause nuisance tripping. As K6RIX noted, they can also trip on
RF (although I would be VERY surprised if they tripped at the 150
watt level unless the antenna system was "strange"). I've had
problems at home with RF tripping at 1 kW to antennas within about
20 ft, but never at 100 watts.
BTW -- our club (North Shore Radio Club, operating as K9OR) was #3
in 3A, a close second for all classes in the 9th call area, and #16
nationally for all classes.
Jim Brown K9YC
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