Please note as I ask this question I have consumed http://www.w8ji.com
as well as anything else I can get my brain around in my nice sized ARRL library. But I am looking for reassurance and/or constructive criticism to improve the ground system as I slowly build out the the station. So give me your lessons learned and anything else I should consider.
This weekend I ran a 2" wide copper strap from the outside where the electrical ground wires exit the house around the corner to the back of the house and 25 feet over to where my coax will enter the house under the deck. I plan to use this as the outside bulkhead with polyphaser lightning protection. Questions about this:
1. I could not dig down to find the rod but I am bonded to the wires from each of my panels right where they plunge into the ground on the outside of the house. Is this ok?
2. I measured the resistance with my multimeter across the ground wires to the copper strap and it fluctuated between 0 and 0.2 ohm. I am assuming this indicates a good clean path to ground?
On the inside of the house I used what I had left, some 4 gauge stranded wire that is not shielded but covered in a very strong jacket. I took one run from the ground wires on the inside just after they come off the panel and ran them to where the bulkhead is to bring the radio wiring into the house. Essentially what i have is a mirror run outside/inside, with 2" copper strap outside and 4 gauge wire inside. Questions about this:
1. Any issues using 4 gauge inside the house like this? I have 25 foot run from the panels to the inside bulkhead and about 30 feet from the bulk head up to my operating positing in the office. It is all I had left wire wise and funds are low, so I am trying to use every scrap I have.
2. Again all my resistance reading with my multimeter never really goes above 0.2 ohm. this should be good right?
At the last hamfest I picked up about 3 1/4" 6 foot ground rods. I know they aren't 8' and not the 1/2 or bigger, but... They were cheap and I grabbed them.
I am thinking about running straight out away from the house in line about 1 rod length apart. Is this worth it, a waste of time/rods? Should I use them elsewhere?
Thanks in advance.