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Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding Coax at Tower

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding Coax at Tower
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 23:11:20 +0000 (GMT)
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My comments were triggered by the chap who asked if he needed to run his coax 
to the base of the tower,  gnd it, and run it back up 10' for the run tothe 
house.   I was suggesting that he just ground it to the tower at 10', and move 
one.HOWEVER,  in general I agree with K4SAV,  that there are few redeeming 
virtues with flying the cables.   It simply increases vulnerability to 
damage.That said, however,  Dean Straw's YCCC stacks with perhaps 200' runs 
from tower to shack were @ 10'.   And,  I've run commercial AM stations, where 
the coax was suspended from an elevated catwalk, about 4' above a swamp.    
Neither of these are ideal, in terms of lightning protection.   But both work.  
The virtue of elevated cable runs is head clearance, or perhaps moose 
clearance, in some venues,  and critter protection, in those areas where 
burying is prevented by rock.  n2eawe've probably beaten this thread to death, 
so I'll make any further comments off reflector.

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