[TowerTalk] Back of desk grounding buss

Wes Attaway (N5WA) wesattaway at bellsouth.net
Sat Mar 22 18:00:08 EDT 2014

I would say that you have been lucky.

If you are 95-years old maybe your lightning-strike luck will hold for the
duration.  If you are 35-years old then I don't think you should continue to
roll the dice.

Maybe you have some things grounded but don't realize it.  However, it
doesn't sound like you have done much in that regard.

There are a few simple things you can do to get much better protection from
lightning effects.  I won't repeat them because they have been well
discussed here in previous posts.

Wes Attaway (N5WA)
318-393-3289 - Shreveport, LA
Computer/Cellphone Forensics
EnCase Certified Examiner

-----Original Message-----
From: TowerTalk [mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Randy
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2014 4:52 PM
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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Back of desk grounding buss

Okay. I am going to go out on a limb here and expect to take a beating with
the hopes that other people in the group might benefit from my example.

I do not have any of my equipment connected to a ground buss. My coax is
not connected to the tower at the top and bottom. My tower is not bonded to
ground rods. The bottom set of guys on a 100' rohn 25 has no insulators and
goes directly to ground.
I have no RFI issues. My neighbors have no RFI issues. I have had 2 near
strikes and lost the well pump, some peripherals inside but no radio
equipment. Maybe I am extremely lucky.
I am ready for the influx of comments and honestly I am looking forward to
hearing them.

Randy N1KWF

On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Jim Brown <jim at audiosystemsgroup.com>wrote:

> On 3/22/2014 10:13 AM, Patrick Greenlee wrote:
>> When there is a group grope debating the number of angels dancing on the
>> head of a pin
> Patrick,
> Ham radio "conventional wisdom" is full of misconceptions, and grounding
> is one of the greatest. These misconceptions lead most hams to do dumb
> things that are expensive and wrong. They can also make lightning damage
> more likely, and make hum, buzz, and RF noise much worse.
> Understanding what matters and what doesn't with grounding isn't "angels
> dancing on the head of a pin," it's what's safe, what works, and what
> doesn't.
> In case you don't know, Jim Lux is an engineer at JPL, the guys who put
> those rovers on Mars. He's also a contributor to the ARRL Handbook.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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