[RFI] grounding your ham equipment

gregory helman turkee56 at verizon.net
Sat Jul 29 12:03:56 EDT 2006

 thanks for info.
i also made a bus bar from 1 in. copper pipe  and will use this for  my 
grounding my equipment. how long are your leads from from your ham equipment 
to the ground bus and is your ground wire insulated or bare. i read an 
article from radio works that they used  the tuner as central point and 
everything was grounded to tuner then to ground rod, but they used line 
isolators and maybe thats why they did that. .thanks.  greg

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <rrath at charter.net>
To: <rfi at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: [RFI] grounding your ham equipment

> Gregory, I have always been told not to Daisey Chain when possible. I was
> told to run the ground wire to a bus bar (I use a 12" pc of copper pipe) 
> and
> then ground all my equipment to the bus bar. As far as grounding wire, I 
> use
> an 8 guage stranded wire from my ground rods ( I use two 8' rods) to my 
> bus
> bar (mounted under my counter top for the radios) and then run 10 gauge
> stranded wire from the bus bar to each pc of equipment. I have 8 items at
> my station, so I have 8 pieces of 10 gauge wire going to my 12" grounded
> bus bar.
> Right or wrong, this is how I have done my station.
> Now my tower is to far from my station, with a cement slab between tower
> and station, so I have put three 8' ground rods in the ground for the 
> tower. I
> dug the hole for the cement, for the tower and put one in the center of 
> the
> hole and the other two at ground level and ran 8 gauge standed wire to all
> three and then to the tower.
> Right or wrong, this is how I did my tower.
> I live across the street from a power sub station. My tower and antennas 
> are
> higher than any thing at the sub station. During lightning storms, the sub
> station get hammered with lightning and my tower has been left alone. I
> have lived here for over 15 yrs with no problem. (now that this is all 
> been
> told, the next lightning storm I will have a strike, hi hi) I hope this 
> helps.
> Rod
>> i am planing putting up a new tower and beam. now on my ham station
> equipment what is the best way to ground tuner, radio etc to my station
> to my ground rod. to avoid ground loops do i use tuner as my central and
> ground all ham gear to my tuner and then to grounding rod outside. th
> use copper strap or braided strap from ham gear to tuner and then to
> grounding rod .thanks. kx3x
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