>From: "Roger (K8RI)" <K8RI-on-TowerTalk@tm.net>
>Sent: May 29, 2008 1:11 PM
>To: jim Jarvis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Cc: David Gilbert <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] tower ground question
>jim Jarvis wrote:
>> Urban legends? I don't think so.
>Along those lines: Is the standard tower base, rebar and all, large
>enough to even qualify as a UFER ground.
20 linear feet of metal (of a particular size rebar or copper or alumninum) is
the code requirement. I would think the standard tower base rebar probably
meets that standard.
>I, like you go the extra mile to make the shortest, most conductive path
>around the concrete.
>It seems like I read a paper on that subject when installing my tower
>and they were emphatic about keeping the lightning away from the
There are a lot of white papers out there that advocate various approaches, not
always with good backup other than
"seems like a good idea". At risk of throwing gasoline on a fire.. contemplate
Also there is the problem of conductors coming out through the
>side of the concrete with is considered bad practice.
I can't see why you'd want to bring any conductor out the side, although if
it's above grade, it might be ok. The concern is with being below grade in a
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