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Author Topic: Ok to ground antenna to electrical pole ground?  (Read 3675 times)
VA2FSQ
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« on: April 02, 2011, 12:47:56 PM »

Hi,
My house has electrical poles in the back, and the wires come overhead to my nouse and into the panel.  The wires have one large diameter ground wire (unsheilded).  At the pole which is about 25 feet from the house, there is a ground rod that the power lines (and cable and phone) ground to.
I am putting in an antenna on my house and there will be a ground rod, right where the station entrance is.  Could I run copper wire to the electrical pole ground?  Or should I run it to another ground rod near the service entrance and then ground this to the house panel?

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 08:06:15 PM »

It's best not to touch that pole ground.  Usually the wires coming from the pole to your house system's weatherhead are owned by the electric company--so that it THEIR ground, not yours.  The ground at the meter is YOUR ground and that is the point where you should bond your station ground system to.
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W8JX
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2011, 08:33:26 PM »

It's best not to touch that pole ground.  Usually the wires coming from the pole to your house system's weatherhead are owned by the electric company--so that it THEIR ground, not yours.  The ground at the meter is YOUR ground and that is the point where you should bond your station ground system to.

While it is best not to use it but not because the utility company owns it (they just use it) it is because you want a separate ground return path than house wiring. Ground rods are pretty cheap and not hard to find they can take a little effort to drive into ground though.
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