I have read many different articles regarding grounding (RF, electrical, lighting), I'm hoping to get some human feedback about my plans for a new station to see if it makes sense and to get any input/advice from more experienced folks.
Shack will be on the second floor. I will ground all equipment to a copper ground bar inside which will be connected to a Window FeedThru (possibly one of the MFJ ones).
I will use coax lighting arrestors on the outside of the feedthru where the incoming coax will connect into it.
The feed thru panel will ground (6 gauge or heavier wire) down along the side of the house to a new ground rod I will put into the ground 16 ft from the existing electrical ground rod.
I will bond this new ground rod to the existing electrical ground rod.
There will be two antennas (initially):
1. VHF/UHF antenna mounted on the roof, on a tripod with a mast
2. Alpha Delta wire antenna hung from the trees
Q: Do I need to separately ground the tripod/mast in addition to the coax being grounded to the feed thru? If so, how should that be grounded; to the feedthru panel or separately direct to the new grounding rod?
Q: If I will be bonding the new ground rod to the existing electrical ground rod; what is the reason I can't just use a single ground rod for everything since they will be connected together anyway?
Thanks in advance for your responses!