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Re: [TowerTalk] Ground rod connection: Cadweld or ????

To: "Bob Kellow, W5LT" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Ground rod connection: Cadweld or ????
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 05:44:34 +0000
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     I used Cadweld's One-Shots for my ground system.  These are single-use 
ceramic molds and powder shots, rather than the heavy-duty clamp and mold 
system of large commercial jobs.  

     I got my one-shots from The RF Connection near my home QTH (full 
disclosure: Joel of RFC and I are both members of PVRC, if that means 
anything.)  I believe they cost me around $8 per connection.  

     I couldn't think of an alternative that comes close to Cadwelding for 
ground rod and wire connections.  If you want pricing from RFC, go to and check out grounding.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Bob Kellow, W5LT" <>
> HI All:
> I am putting in a ground system at my new QTH. Will have a ground ring at
> the tower with (4) ground rods, plus (2) radials plus a home run separate
> but in parallel with the RF and control cables running to the tower from the
> shack (about 90 ft).
> There will be three rods along each radial leg. 
> I know Cadweld (or equal) is the best ground wire to rod connection, but
> what should I use as 2nd best? Cadweld seems to be rather expensive, and
> takes some skill to implement.
> Open to any suggestions.
> Bob, W5LT
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