Why not make the ground rod functional.
I use a 3 band (144/223/440) J-Pole on top of my tower.
I have a TH-6DXX with a 2M 14el beam above that and
then the J-Pole on top.
I built it using 1/2, 3/4 & 1 in. Copper tubing.
It is assembled using standard plumbing adapters.
It is bonded to the Mast, which is also bonded at the
bottom of the tower where the Prop Pitch rotor is mounted.
The three coax cables (RG-213) come all the way to the
bottom of the tower and grounded by a feed-thru lightening
arrester. The Coax from the 2 beams are also grounded the
same way. I have a coax loop on each one before it goes
underground to the house.
It has worked well for the past 30 years.
73s de Jim
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> I just wonder if I can get some input.
> I was thinking putting a "stick (conducting)" on top of my
> tower well above
> any other installation. Connect the "stick" to a heavy wire
> that is well
> grounded in the other end. The idea is that a lightning
> preferable will hit
> the "stick" and be safely conducted to the ground similar what
> you do with
> a house.
> A few days ago I did have a hit on my house and the lightning
> worked except for a surge protector and a battery charger
> located near the
> corner that was hit. Everything else survived.
> Hans - N2JFS
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