[TowerTalk] grounding (again)

John Simmons jasimmons at pinewooddata.com
Sun Apr 22 13:59:38 EDT 2018

If you look at cell sites, they use heavy stranded copper wire instead 
of strap. The wire is terminated in crimped lugs which are fastened to 
copper plates with stainless bolts and nuts. Everything except the 
copper plate is available at your local big box store. Copper plates are 
available from lots of places via mail order. Since the copper plate 
isn't THAT expensive, I would use that instead of aluminum plate.

-John NI0K

> Tom_N2SR via TowerTalk <mailto:towertalk at contesting.com>
> Sunday, April 22, 2018 12:33 PM
> Because of some new landscaping and the addition of a patio, I have to 
> redo my cable entry into the house/shack.  I have a KF7P box mounted 
> on the outside of the cinder block foundation wall.  It sits over a 2 
> inch hole which is sleeved with grey PVC to get the cables through the 
> wall (and into the shack).
> I have 2 hardine runs, plus two RG-8 (Davis RF Buryflex) runs, and 6 
> sprinkler system cable runs from the base of the tower, which will 
> terminate to Polyphasers inside the KF7P box.  In the KF7P box, I have 
> an 0.25" aluminum plate to mount the Polyphasers.
> The shack is on the other side of the foundation wall (from the KF7P 
> box).
> What I am planning to do is to add a 0.25" aluminum plate on the 
> inside (between the studs) in the shack.  The plate will be about 12 
> inches wide (the KF7P plate is ~ 12 inches  wide)
> I want to tie the two plates together with some copper strap.
> Any thoughts on the thickness of the strap?   Georgia Copper has 
> 0.012", 0.022", and 0.032" thickness.   Are there other cheaper places 
> to purchase copper strap?
> My thought is to use 1 inch wide strap, and use as many straps as I 
> can, across the tops of both plates.  Doing that, I'll have to make 
> "flag" folds (triangle) on several of the straps to get them to line 
> up with the 2 inch PVC pipe, but I don't think that will be an issue.  
> I'm also going to tap holes in each plate to attach the copper strap, 
> and use stainless screws and flat washers.
> Do I need Polyphasers on the plate in the shack?
> Thoughts, suggestions, ideas, please.
> Tom, N2SR
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