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Author Topic: Second Floor Equipment Grounding  (Read 721 times)
NK5G
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« on: July 22, 2008, 07:52:55 PM »

I am sure this has been discussed in past posts.

What's been everyone's experience been with running a hamshack and equipment grounding from the second floor? This is where mine will be at a new house.

I do have a direct drop from the operating desk to the ground rod. It just won't be the "ideal" length from equipment to ground.
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KB9CRY
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2008, 03:11:52 AM »

Then you make it a very large conductor (#2 for example) or better yet to use a wide (4 inch or more) copper strip.

All other elements of a properly designed grounding system should be in place.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 05:17:26 AM »

If you have the proper antenna (for example a vertical with sufficient number of radials, a dipole, or a yagi) then you shouldn't need an RF ground on the equipment. The equipment ground will serve for electrical an lightning protection and that makes the length of the ground run less important. For lightning protection your coax shields should be grounded outside, just before they enter the house and that ground needs to be bonded to the electrical service entrance grounding system. The Polyphaser web site has a lot of good information relating to amateur radio equipment grounding.
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