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Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding of Amateur Radio installations

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding of Amateur Radio installations
From: "BRENT BAUM" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 11:49:57 -0700
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Snipped preceeding discussions.

I have a similar situation, except my modular sits on a Ufer cage basement 
(Concrete Encased Ground System, and then I have 18" wide steel I-beams 
overhead. The service grounds, etc. are all tied to the Ufer and an outside 
ground rod at the south end of the house, while my shack is at the north end 
(40' away). My sub-soil is cobble stone and river rock with sand, and near 
the house (3' out our so) seems to be damp most of the year. Can I make the 
I-beam directly over the operating position the ground plate for the shack? 
Other ideas?

K7MEI, Brent

>From: "Gary Schafer" <>
>To: "'Don Havlicek'" <>
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding of Amateur Radio installations
>Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 12:05:25 -0500
>The easiest thing for you to do would be to install your panel as you
>propose where the cables enter the house and put the protectors on the 
>for all the RF and rotor cables etc.
>Having the power run underground a long way like you have will help a lot 
>reducing anything coming in on the power line as most of the energy will be
>coupled to ground by the long run. However the best way to protect against
>anything that still makes it thru is to run a power cable from your service
>entrance panel or from a convenient outlet in the shack over to your single
>point ground panel. Install your AC protectors for that line on the same
>panel as your coax protectors are mounted on.
>Take ALL of your power for everything in the shack from a power line run
>from the single point ground panel ONLY.
>If you have any cable TV lines, phone lines etc. coming into the shack also
>run them first to the single point ground panel and place a protector on
>them. Now you have everything in the shack referenced to the cable entrance
>panel.  That is what a single point ground is!!
>Now place a good ground field right below the single point ground panel 
>as many radials and ground rods as you can justify putting in. Run wide
>copper strap from the panel to the ground field. Also run a ground wire
>buried in the ground over to your service entrance panel and phone ground
>and tie it to the single point ground panel in the shack.
>By the way there should be a ground rod at your service entrance panel on
>the house even though there is one at the barn.
>Gary  K4FMX


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