I’m “tower challenged” at my lot here in Omaha so I”m adding a mast
and mini-beam to the top of the house. I’d like to know if I’m missing
anything in my plans: The mast be mounted on the chimney and it will
be about 6 feet in length, including the rotor and beam mast. I’ll run
a #4 copper ground wire to a 10’ copper grounding rod which will be
also connected to house’s ground system as per NEC code. Also,
connected to this ground rod will be a I.C.E. lightning arrestor where
the coax will be grounded before entering the house. I’ll also add non-
Now a few questions:
The antenna will not be the highest structure with a house and tree
nearby. I have a solid fiberglass mast to use up to the rotor. Will
using a non-conductive mast be safer for the house in case of a
lightning strike (making sure to ground the beam - and )?
I have a long section of #4 bare ground wire, but it’s too short. I
need to splice: I will not solder the the ground, but splice it
“mechanically”. Can I use stranded ground wire to complete the las 8
feet to the grounding rod?
And, finally, is there anything I’m missing?
Thanks in advance,
wb0m (AT) arrl.net
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