I, too, would like to see some ideas. My soil is almost the same, except my
QTH is on a prehistoric riverbed. My neighboring hams are on silt/loam
soils. but my top soil is only about 4 to 6 inches deep then its cobble
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Ground Rods in rocky soil
>Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:50:06 EST
>After being spoiled by Florida's sugar sand in which you could dig a hole
>for a base for holes and anchors by hand and drive a ground rod down by
>"jetting" it, I now live on one of the biggest rock piles in the world.
>Most of the Big Island of Hawaii has solid lava rock. Fortunately, my
>is a little bit better...a mix of clay, small rocks and rocks up to a foot
>across, certainly not the kind of stuff easy to get into. Sometimes the
>of pure clay is just a few inches thick, in other places it can be ten
>deep. Ground rods and copper are pretty expensive out here and I don't
>to experiment losing rods just a couple of feet into the ground and
>stuck at that depth.
>I know I can use a backhoe to dig the holes and will have one on the
>property to dig the cesspool, but what is the best way to go getting ground
> I asked the locals at one of the radio club meetings and they weren't
>help. Responses were.....most guys just drive it in a foot or so and use
>radials. Since the station will sit on a hill, I really don't feel too
>putting the rod in only a foot, however I do plan on running the radials,
>since I know it will help.
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