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Re: [TowerTalk] Question about ground

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Question about ground
From: K8RI <>
Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2012 21:40:29 -0400
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On 9/9/2012 9:06 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
On 9/9/2012 6:01 PM, Matt Fearnow wrote:
Well the electrical service comes in to the back of the house.  I need to
go from there to the side and up to the front to where the entrance into
the basement where my shack will be.  A few years ago, an engineer
(now SK)
had advised me to tie all grounds together, from the electrical, to the
"tower", to the cable shields, to the ground plate in the house for the

You got excellent advice.

   IIRC, was to allow all points to have equal paths to ground.

Sort of -- the intent is to have all parts of the building stay as close
as practical to the same potential.  It won't be perfect, because
lightning will induce current on that wiring too, by virtue of its
proximity, so think of this very good practice as minimizing the
potential for damage.
Else if not, if current came in from the eletrical panel, through the
gear, and
out through their ground (if that was the shortest path)

That certainly can happen.

Yup. Even with a single point ground the instantaneous potential can be be thousands of volts between one end of the house and the other, but that is not normally a problem.

The idea is to minimize voltage differences in equipment. It won't be perfect as not all the conductors follow the same paths even if they are grounded at the same point.


Roger (K8RI)

73, Jim K9YC

73, Jim K9YC

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