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Re: [TowerTalk] Close call with death

To: "'K2VI'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Close call with death
From: "Clint Talmadge W5CPT" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 16:00:56 -0600
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The Orange was probably Fiber Optic cable and the Black could be anything -
though probably Poly Pipe which is water.

As said before: Call before you dig - the authorities will come out and mark
all underground utilities. Here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, if you do
call and hit something, the utilities picks up the tab for the repair. If
you DON'T call the tab is on you.  The neighbor cut my gas line without
calling and it cost him over $3000 to have it fixed.

Clint Talmadge - W5CPT

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of K2VI
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:34 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Close call with death

Post hole digging to install the pipe in ground for the 43' zero five
vertical. I disregarded the 1.5 inch fence post and used the scedule 40 1.25
I.D gavanized pipe. When digging i was about 38" down when i hit something
hard. Hit it a few times thinking it was a root. Well i realized it was
probably a rock and reached down and dug some dirt out to find out it was an
orange heavy plastic pipe about 1" 1/8 . Also next to it was a 1" black
tube. Im not sure if it was a huge power line but glad i didn't bust
through. I just threw down some garden rocks and cemented the pipe in just
above the underground lines. So im sure this will hold up firm when the
cement cures. As far as grounding. I did drive an 8" ground rod next to the
pipe about 10" away. I know i have to connect the ground rod to the radial
plate but wondering about connection the antenna to the ground rod. If i
connect a wire from the UNUN box on the antenna side and run it to the
ground rod won't it couple to the ra  dial plate? Since both the radial
plate and antenna connect to the ground rod in essence they are now both
coupled together. Im in the dark here. Can someone please help me out here.
I would greatly apreciate the help. thank to all. 73

tony k2vi

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