I had no choice but to go with a Ufer ground and
the "copper ring" around the tower base, due to
my tower being locate on bedrock. You can see how I did it at:
Click on Ham Radio, then Lightning Protection.
Not a bad idea about bentonite. Besides kitty
litter, what other source is there?
73 and Happy Independence Day!
At 09:41 AM 7/3/2006, JC Smith wrote:
>Jim, Nick, and All,
>Thanks again for the advice. Good point, I will flatten and ss bolt all
>ground pipe connections? no solder.
>Obviously the tower is grounded to the slab by the bottom section being
>encased in it so I will just be creating parallel paths to ground. How
>about installing a Ufer ground down at the bottom of the foundation (in the
>9x9 pad) AND installing the ?ring? of copper pipe all around the outside of
>the pier when we backfill (with bentonite added? it?s cheap)?
>It?s probably overkill, especially considering that my present tower is not
>grounded other than by the base bolts, but it?s cheap and easy to do at this
>point so why not? While I?m at it I think I?ll add another ground rod for
>the shack. It has two now but one of them is approaching 20 years of age.
>Unfortunately, no more tower progress until after the holiday. I had to
>spend yesterday (and today) working on a house we are selling.
>I hope you all have a great Independence Day holiday!
>73 JC, K0HPS
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