[TowerTalk] Back of desk grounding buss

Tom Osborne w7why at frontier.com
Tue Apr 1 19:58:48 EDT 2014

On 4/1/2014 10:33 AM, Jerry Gardner wrote:
> What is the point of a back of desk grounding bus? Does it fill any real
> need, or is it just one of those feel-good things that's been around
> forever?
> Surely it's not to deal with anything related to lightning, because if that
> were the case, then you've already failed by allowing lightning into your
> shack -- the place to deal with lightning energy is outside the shack, not
> behind your desk.
> If it's to deal with noise and hum, then I don't see the point either,
> because in my experience, a ground such as this makes noise and hum worse,
> not better.
> 73, Jerry

You are probably right, Jerry.  I wouldn't put any kind of ground in. 
Probably just a bunch of old housewives tails from engineers who don't 
know anything!!

You probably are right that it has no need.  Lightening doesn't happen 
here all that often and when we do get lightening, it's not all that 
bad.   Just a waste of money probably, huh??  Has never hit my antennas 
yet so why worry.

Who the heck cares if your signal has a little hum on it.  Probably keep 
the stations that try and get too close away with the noise.  It they 
can't get rid of your noise, they need a better receiver.

I'm with you - heck with any kind of grounding - just a waste of time 
and money :^)

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