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Re: [TowerTalk] Bonding entrance panel to utility ground question

To: "K3GM" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Bonding entrance panel to utility ground question
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 01:24:04 +0000
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     I would urge you to run the wire OUTSIDE your home in the dirt with ground 
rods as needed along the way and connect to the electric service panel that 
way.  I would not run the interconnecting through the living space (even the 
basement) of your dwelling.  Lightning energy could <side flash> from the 
ground wire to other wiring in the space.

     Running the wire from your service panel into the dirt outside enables any 
strike or fault energy to reach earth through a shorter, less-inductive path.  
That relatively long piece of wire inside your house that connects your 
Polyphaser bonding panel with the electric service would present an inductance 
at RF frequencies, and we all know that a lightning strike is full of RF as 
well as a big DC component.

BOTTOM LINE:  Keep lightning energy outside of your house; connect the electric 
and Polyphaser ground panels together outside in the dirt.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "K3GM" <>
> My coax entrance panel is now hooked to its own series of ground rods.  I 
> want 
> to bond it and all of the Polyphaser arrestors attached to it to the utility 
> ground rod.  If the easiest and shortest path to the utility's entrance 
> ground 
> rod is thru the interior basement of the home, can I, or should I use it?  I 
> have a large gauge stranded ground cable running from my well pump to the 
> service entrance ground rod and is very easy to hook to.  It runs across the 
> the 
> sill of the basement wall within several feet of the entrance panel, into the 
> garage where it eventually ties directly to the ground rod. The alternative 
> would be to run an outside wire around my house, across a double wide 
> driveway 
> and then into my garage to get to the utility ground.  Would it be safe, (or 
> code) to use this interior ground wire as part of my lightning protection 
> system?
> Tom Hybiske, K3GM
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