[TowerTalk] Saltwater Ground Connection

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Mon Jan 27 20:24:24 EST 2014

>From ZF2, I used ground radials buried in the sand.  I see no reason to make 
a connection to the water.  The real advantage is from the salt water 
filling out the pseudo-brewster angle.

John KK9A

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Subject:[TowerTalk] Saltwater Ground Connection
From:"Joe Giacobello, K2XX" <k2xx at swva.net>
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Date:Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:40:58 -0500
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I'll be vacationing on a saltwater beach and will have a chance to to set up 
a portable vertical antenna. Operation will probably be on 40, 30 and 20M. I 
have a vague recollection of reading of others' experiences on saltwater and 
believe that they typically used a single wire ground connection to the 
saltwater. I believe the wire had a flat metal plate or similar attached to 
the saltwater end to increase both conductive surface area and stability in 
the water. Does that seem about right? I've also thought about using a 
galvanized bucket at the end. Even if it only lasts for the duration of my 
stay, it's cheap enough.
I'd appreciate hearing of any relevant experiences or opinions.

Thanks and 73,


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