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Re: [TowerTalk] Close call with death

To: "'Alan NV8A'" <>, "'towertalk reflector'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Close call with death
From: "Michael Hatzakis" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 14:05:37 -0800
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Its my belief that as a ham, whether you're digging a base for a tower, or
driving ground rods, you need to go to city hall and get the surveying
drawings for your house.  Most houses have these as part of their paperwork,
but if not, most cities and municipalities have these drawings easily
available.  Bad idea to do anything in backyard without this info.  When we
built our tower, we HAD to show these as part of our permit to build the
tower base.  I am sure there are plenty of people on TT with more info on


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Alan NV8A
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 1:55 PM
To: towertalk reflector
Cc: K2VI
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Close call with death

On 01/15/11 04:34 pm, K2VI wrote:

> 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
>   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

Did you call "Miss Digg" first -- or whatever it's called around your way?


Alan NV8A

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