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[TowerTalk] Ground System? W8JI input.....please

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Ground System? W8JI input.....please
From: "John Frazier" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 14:13:44 -0500
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OK folks......have at it.

I have read all of the info on ground systems I can find.  I have received 
input from one of the most respected frequenters of this reflector, but am 
seeking additional input.

The conditions here at my QTH make it very difficult to achieve a decent 
grounding system.

Here's the short story. By choice, I live on a golf course; thus restricted 
antennas.  I use coax fed wires between pine trees at 70 +/- feet.  The coax 
comes straight down from the antenna to ground level and then through 25 feet 
of BuryFlex to the station ground rod.  This is a 5/8 inch , 8 foot long 
copperclad rod buried to its full length.  An ICE suppresser is mounted 
directly to the rod using a very good clamp, conductive paste, and 4 inches of 
4 AWG copper wire.  

Now the real bad stuff.  I have a 23 foot run of #6 copper wire to the shack 
buss.  I'm on the second floor so that's the way it is.  I then have a 65 foot 
run of 6 AWG copper wire from the station ground rod to the utility ground.  
The utility ground is not too shabby.  It consists of three 10 foot 3/4 inch 
copperclad rods spaced 16 feet apart in a delta config.  The rods are tied 
together with 1/0 copper wire to the utility meter buss. this thing worth a darn or not?

Thanks and 73.....John W4II


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