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From: "Jim Thomson" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:22:48 -0700
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What else that can be done is to drive 1-3   x 8 foot cu rods into the the bottom of the hole,
before you pour the concrete.  Then cadweld each one...then a short piece of 
bare  2 ga stranded Cu wire
from the top of each ground rod to base of tower.    Then the 1-3 rods are  8 
ft below the bottom of the
concrete, which puts them well below the frost line.    I did that on my L+R 
tower back in the mid 80’s.
It was 33 inchs across the face, with  20.7 ft long straight sections.    All 
angle steel, all bolted construction. 
Hole was  6x6x6  square, with re-bar.  Any lightning passes right down the 
tower, right to bottom of the 6 ft deep
block of cement...and continues on another 8 ft  down, via the 3 x rods.   
Bottom of each rod is then 14 ft below
ground.   We used an electric jack hammer, with a special end on it, designed 
to drive ground rods.   I lost 6 ft 
of the 1st  20.7 ft section by placing the tower section into the deep hole. 

Jim   VE7RF 

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