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Re: [TowerTalk] Solid copper ground wire supplier

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Solid copper ground wire supplier
From: Bryan Swadener <>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:31:32 -0700 (PDT)
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> Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:36:05 -0400
> From: Tony
> So there's no advantage in grounding a tower with AGW 2/0
> vs #10?
> Tony

Hi Tony,

I'm in the process of installing a US Tower TX-472... 72' of lightning rod.  I 
plan on using 2/0 wire (or equivalent), per the drawings I purchased from my PE 
(Hank Lonberg, KR7X).  If I don't, the county won't give final approval.  Do 
what your PE says to do.

Philosophically speaking, when it comes to lightning protection, I'd rather go 
big than small.  Only fuses should act like fuses (and ground leads should 
not).  2/0 is 0.104 sq in (365 mils).  A strap that is 2" x 0.05" would be 
equivalent.  As much as we have invested in the rest of the tower/antenna 
system, even a few feet of 2/0 wire is a relatively inexpensive one-time 
purchase.  Tom W8JI has written some material on the subject of grounding and 
lightning that is worth reading:

Station Grounding:
Ground Systems:

Note to Hank: Due to various circumstances, I have to postpone my project.  
But, the county accepted your drawings and sent the Health Department out to 
verify that it won't interfere with my septic drainfield.  The lead person at 
Planning & Development Services (also a ham) said she was excited when she saw 
I wanted to install a ham tower.  She said that, in 20 years, she hadn't seen a 
request for a ham tower that tall.

vy 73,

Bryan WA7PRC
Everett, WA

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