ith the stub mast mounted to the rotator and top bearing is there any need
to ground this stub mast independently to the tower or will the thrust
bearing/rotator provide an adequate path?
Theoretically yes the mast is grounded to the tower via the thrust bearing.
But if it is not making a good low resistance connection then energy surge may
travel down the mast into the rotator. That may not be a good thing since
there's small motors and potentiometers inside that might get fried. What I do
is attach a clamp onto my masts inside the tower just below the thrust bearing
top plate and jumper between that to the tower leg with #4 welding cable. Some
folks I know use wide braid for this application. Leave slack for rotation.
Now the energy surge will hopefully shunt via this route rather than the
rotator. One can never be too grounded. Phil KB9CRY
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