[TowerTalk] Ground rod connection: Cadweld or ????

ersmar at comcast.net ersmar at comcast.net
Mon Apr 24 01:44:34 EDT 2006


     I used Cadweld's One-Shots for my ground system.  These are single-use ceramic molds and powder shots, rather than the heavy-duty clamp and mold system of large commercial jobs.  

     I got my one-shots from The RF Connection near my home QTH (full disclosure: Joel of RFC and I are both members of PVRC, if that means anything.)  I believe they cost me around $8 per connection.  

     I couldn't think of an alternative that comes close to Cadwelding for ground rod and wire connections.  If you want pricing from RFC, go to www.therfc.com and check out grounding.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Bob Kellow, W5LT" <W5LT at comcast.net>
> HI All:
> I am putting in a ground system at my new QTH. Will have a ground ring at
> the tower with (4) ground rods, plus (2) radials plus a home run separate
> but in parallel with the RF and control cables running to the tower from the
> shack (about 90 ft).
> There will be three rods along each radial leg. 
> I know Cadweld (or equal) is the best ground wire to rod connection, but
> what should I use as 2nd best? Cadweld seems to be rather expensive, and
> takes some skill to implement.
> Open to any suggestions.
> Bob, W5LT
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