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Antenna Grounding

Aug 2nd 2013, 19:10


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I have a simple set up; a 2m radio and a 5/8 wave ground plane antenna. I run the radio off a 12 v battery which charges from a solar panel. I understand an 8 ft ground rod is needed to ground the antenna.
Can I cut the ground rod in half and use two 4 ft grounding rods?
Thank you,
Aug 3rd 2013, 01:30


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Hi Bob
NEC Code 810 specifies how to ground a radio antenna. The National Electrical code specifies that you attach your grounding conductor to the nearest available grounding electrode, such as the house grounding system or interior metal piping.

While may you want to add more ground rods, it is important to first meet the NEC requirements.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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