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|Antron99 on HF||WA8OCL||on 27/10/11|
|I'm going to put my 2 cents in here. I also am on disability with very little left at the end of a month. I went to a farm store and bought a roll of their electric fence wire. I think it was a miles worth for cheap! I have used that stuff for a long while making dipoles and also using it for ground radials. The ground radials are all 1/4 wave of the frequency. I got a used Butternut HF9V at our local hamfest and when I put it up I laid down 1/4 wave radials for each band from 6 to 80 meters. All of them were laid on the ground after mowing the grass real short. I have had no problem with the mower vs. wires. The more wires the better the signal up to a point. Are you going to ground mount this? Or put it in the air?
|Station Grounding||NA9DS||on 27/10/11|
|Well, this is from experience here, so I'll tell you how my electrician and I did this. I was working on rewiring this old house we bought a long while ago now. :) I went to find the ground rod and panicked when I couldn't find it. We had had the house upgraded to 200 amp from 60 am service a few years ago now. I found the ground, on a water pipe which is copper. However, the water pipe changed into PVC before it went out to the well. I called my EX-electrician and he wouldn't fix it so I got another one who happens to live about a half mile from me. He stated that it was against the code to do a ground like that any more. So we put a ground rod in outside and redid the house ground. (It also cured a lot of problems I had had.) So to answer you questions here. Put a ground rod in and call an electrician to put the ground wire out to it. Yes, you have to ground everything to the house ground. It is 175 feet from my tower to the house and I had to put in a ground rod every 8 feet to the house so it would pass the inspection. Then I got to bury it all about 6 inches under the dirt. By the way, there is 3 ground rods for the tower surrounded by a halo of copper which is in turn surrounded by another halo 8 feet out from the tower. Over kill? Maybe, but at least I don't have to worry about the static charges that build up. I also have Poly Phayser's on every coax and hard line coming into this place.