[TowerTalk] [RFI] w7ekb & ground rods

EZ Rhino EZRhino at fastmovers.biz
Sun Jan 18 17:51:24 EST 2015

Sure, why stop there?  Put in 3" perforated copper pipe and fill the interior with a soil doping agent to increase conductivity while you're at it.  BUT! have you checked the price of copper lately?  Even 1" pipe is prohibitive in my opinion.  


On Jan 18, 2015, at 14:16 , David Cole wrote:

Would not a 1 inch copper pipe driven into the ground have more
conductive area?  I have a grounding project coming up this summer, and
am looking forward to the rest of this discussion.
Thanks and 73's,
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On Sun, 2015-01-18 at 13:28 -0500, K1FZ-Bruce wrote:
>     The water idea is good on the near ground rod, but not so easy on 
> the far end of a very long Beverage antenna. 
>  Earlier in the discussion, (note lower in this posting) it was noted 
> that much of the copper on a  platted rod was pitted, and  eroded 
> away. Steel itself is a poor conductor. 
>  The 3/4 inch thick wall copper pipe, in many cases, gives enough 
> mechanical strength, but more importantly, has more conductive surface 
> area. 
>  73
>  Bruce-k1fz
>  www.qsl.net/k1fz/beveragenotes.html
> On Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:28:58 -0500, "Roger (K8RI)" 
> <k8ri at rogerhalstead.com> wrote:
> It's easier ti hook a hose to the other end and use it like a water
>> drill. No beating, no deforming and it goes in easily and quickly. 
>> Stony soil? Then copper pipe can not be driven either. Copper plated
>> steel is more rugged and much cheaper. 
>> 73
>> Roger (K8RI)
>> On 1/18/2015 11:20 AM, K1FZ-Bruce wrote:
>>> I use thick wall 3/4 inch copper pipe from local hardware stores. 
>>> Beating the ground end of a segment into a point with a hammer, makes
>>> the insertion into the ground easier. It can skid around smaller rocks
>>> better. 
>>> 73
>>> Bruce-k1fz. www.qsl.net/k1fz/beveragenotes.html
>>> On Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:20:28 -0600, dalej <dj2001x at comcast.net> wrote:
>>> The copper coated rods eventually will deteriorate, I've found too. 
>>> After pulling them out I've found them speckled where the copper has
>>> eroded away and the base material shown. I like the solid copper
>>> tubing as ground rods better, but they are not that easy to embed. Use
>>> water to get them in the ground. >
>>>> Dale, k9vuj
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