[TowerTalk] Grounding

C. Dwight Baker cdwightbaker at bellsouth.net
Wed Jan 19 20:47:11 EST 2005


Here's the situation.  I have a tower that is 130 feet from entrance to my
shack and it is connected with a 3 inch plastic pipe. I am running 2 LMR-600
coax, rotor control, and 2 antenna switches on the tower.  Should I run a #4
bare copper ground wire inside the pipe from the tower to the SPG at the
entrance to the shack; run the copper wire along side of the pipe or just
ignore the #4 connecting the two together?  


Further, the tower legs are grounded with 3 inch copper strap at about 25-30
degree angle from the tower to 8 feet copper ground rods about 8 inches
below grade and the rods are connected with 3 inch copper strap.


Lightning is my main concern.  Advice from all you wise sages please.



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