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Ground Rod Location, etc.

May 17th 2016, 23:31

N5ERV

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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I am a "come-back" ham radio operator who has not been on the air since the late 70s/early 80s. My current home has a 30' Rohn 25G tower that the prior owner had for her TV antenna. It is in excellent shape. I may replace all of the bolts but I can see no rust from the ground.
I plan to put a Comet GP-6 2 146/446 MHz dual band vertical on top of the tower and hang a MFJ-1778 (10-80 meter G5RV) antenna from the tower and terminate the ends of the antenna in with rope to nearby trees.
The "ham shack" is a spare room located about 45 feet away from the base of the tower. I get the coax to the "shack" either through the attic of the home or come into the house through the exterior wall.
There is an existing ground rod at the base of the tower. My question is how far away from the transceivers should the ground rods be? I can easily install one or more rods just outside the "shack." I could either run ground strap through the wall of the house or come the window. Through the wall is aesthetically more desirable since I can hide the wall penetration behind the central air conditioning unit just outside the "shack."
Any advice you might have for a technologically-challenged ham will be appreciated.
May 18th 2016, 01:48

W1VT

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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http://www.w8ji.com/house_ground_layouts.htm
This page has pictures and discusses your options.

Zack W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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