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Re: [TowerTalk] ground plates (was DXE Patents)

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] ground plates (was DXE Patents)
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:41:54 -0800
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On 2/10/12 9:36 AM, Paul Christensen wrote:
>> I've never understood why people don't just use extension buss bars ...
>> like the kind that you can buy from Home Depot for adding more ground or
>> neutral connections to your electric service entrance panel.
> Dave,
> Good point, especially if single-point connections are used.  I brought up
> the example of using 2-hole lugs as being a better plate alternative, but if
> I were to create a radial field tomorrow, I would probably just make a
> square ring around the base using standard copper pipe, and use
> silver-solder together with an acetylene torch (not with oxygen -- way too
> hot) at the 90 degree elbows.  Radials are then soldered direct to the pipe.
> Another 'cheap and good' alternative to a radial plate is to make a ring bus
> out of 1/0 copper wire.  This requires stripping the insulation, but again,
> the radials are soldered direct to the ring.
> In both examples, long-term conductivity will almost certainly be better
> than any radial plate solution.

I'd make a ring of bus bars.  No soldering, no fooling with lugs.

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