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Best Way to Ground a QRP Radio in the Field

Mar 22nd, 06:25

K0JNR

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I just purchased an iC-705 and I’m a newbie still learning. When operating the 705 in the field, What is the best wire to use for the ground, how long and do you just lay it above ground or do you attach it to a rod?

Thank you in advance for the advice.

Jim
K0JNR
Mar 22nd, 08:00

W1VT

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Ground rods typically aren't used for temporary field operators.
If lightning is an issue, most operators tear down at the first hint of a lightning storm. In some places, when lightning happens every afternoon, operators will tear down well before that time.

Zak Lau W1VT
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Mar 22nd, 11:04

WB1GCM

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For portable operations; if using a dipole, a ground is not needed. If using an end fed wire, a counterpoise is needed. The counterpoise can be a single wire, cut to a quarter wave on the frequency used.

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