[TowerTalk] Saltwater Ground Connection (Many thanks to all for the info!)

Patrick Greenlee patrick_g at windstream.net
Tue Jan 28 18:06:24 EST 2014

Regarding liability. Keep an eye on the HOT parts of the antenna system so 
you don't have a problem with the kids exploring the contraption on the 
beach. If you put radials or guys where they can trip someone or interfere 
with their use of the beach brace yourself for a verbal broadside at best 
and legal action if anyone is at all injured )or inconvenienced these days.)

Sad commentary but reality.

Patrick NJ5G

-----Original Message----- 
From: Joe Giacobello, K2XX
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:29 PM
To: TowerTalk
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Saltwater Ground Connection (Many thanks to all for 
the info!)

I certainly appreciated the large number of informative responses that I
got to my query.  It looks like the way to go is with four buried or
elevated  radials and the saltwater takes care of the rest.  What I
finally wind up doing depends on the constraints imposed by the
surrounding homes and pedestrian traffic.

We're renting a house that we've only seen in brochures and Google
Earth.  There is a long, private, elevated wooden walkway leading from
the house down and onto the beach.  It's likely that somewhere on that
walkway will be the most convenient and safest place to set up the
antenna with at least a couple of elevated radials.  My guess is that
the saltwater reaches under the walkway at least at high tide.  We'll
have to work out the details when we get there.

Again, many thanks for all your inputs.


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