[TowerTalk] Ground Resistance

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 14 00:19:48 EDT 2006

At 03:25 PM 8/8/2006, David Robbins K1TTT wrote:
>Way, yes... simple, not really.  There are meters made for measuring ground
>system resistance, but they rely on either a very good reference ground
>nearby, or a couple of rods spaced the right distances apart to act as a
>reference.  Its been some years since I used one so I forget the exact
>process, but its spelled out in detail in the manuals.  The one I used last
>was made by Biddle if I remember correctly.  Check with a local electrician
>or electric company crew, they may have one and could make the measurements
>for you.  Or the meters can be rented from electronic rental places if you
>want to do it yourself.

And, of course, such a meter would measure at some frequency OTHER than the 
HF frequency you're actually interested in.

I suppose one could do something like measure the received signal strength 
from a fixed beacon, and keep adding radials until the difference is "small 
enough"..  Lots of traps here for the unwary, the vagaries of propagation 
being but one.

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