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Author Topic: Long ground solution?  (Read 640 times)
KE4ZDY
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« on: June 03, 2004, 04:05:26 PM »

My base station is necessarily located in a 2nd floor bedroom, currently NOT next to an outside wall. My antenna location is in the attic space due to the usual subdivision CC&Rs.  This arrangement is acceptable for VHF/UHF but I am hoping to get my General ticket & do some HF.

I see pix of what are obviously upper floor or attic stations. What do people do for a "real earth ground" in this situation? I could run a line outside & down to the ground, but I am concerned that this long a run will be too close to operating frequency resonance.

Any suggestions?  Thanks!
Gerry
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2004, 06:11:16 PM »

A station equipment ground isn't necessary in the majority of cases, so I wouldn't worry about it.

You have an upstairs bedroom without an outside wall?  That's unusual -- here in L.A. County, it's actually prohibited!  All bedrooms must have both an outside wall and a window or door capable of emergency exit or a building permit can't be issued.  But that's another story!

In any case, if you use matched antennas there's really no benefit of a station ground, and in 39 years of very active hamming from 16 homes, using thirteen bands and high power, I've never had a station ground yet.

I'd be far more concerned about using attic antennas, as they can cause problems that aren't easy to solve (mostly RFI to household devices and appliances).

WB2WIK/6
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KE4ZDY
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2004, 11:23:44 PM »


Steve:

Thanks for the info. Sorry if my language was confusing: the upstairs room HAS an outside wall replete w/ window, but the radio isn't AGAINST that wall.

Your info is very encouraging. Re: the RFI, as long as I can confine it to MY house, none's the worry. Yes, I'm mostly joking! (no one would be so casual about RFI, right?)

Now, to get that HF ticket...

73,
Gerry
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W5CDL
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2004, 04:21:08 PM »

I have the exact same problem and the same type setup. Though a ground may not be necessary I would be more comfortable with the cases grounded. Water pipes are pvc so I can't use them. Without an earth ground does anyone know some way to ground my equipment or with a earth ground a proper way to do it in this situation.
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