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rpc wrote: For a vertical antenna, you need a very good ground. For modest amounts of power (100 watts or less), you don't need anything nearly as complex as what that article is discussing. I've been a ham for over 35 years, and just trying to read that made my brain hurt. If you have a vertical antenna, then put in as many radials as humanly possible. Beyond that, you won't really see any improvement in performance.
Put in a ground rod if you can, and attach it to the chasis of your equipment with the thickest wire you can find.
(Note: I am discussing grounding your station for maximum performance of your antenna. Lightning protection is an entirely different subject, although it also involves having a ground connection.)
rpc wrote:I wouldn't bother with the loop around your house--it sounds like overkill. If you've already buried it, then I would say just attach it to your ground rods, and you'll have a ground system vastly superior to 99% of all hams.
Sounds wrote:Antenna Ground..... Your vertical antenna needs to have a ground, that is a very good connection with no solder of any type - purpose is to protect from lightning strike. The antenna probably has a specific ground point.
HHaase wrote:rpc wrote:I wouldn't bother with the loop around your house--it sounds like overkill. If you've already buried it, then I would say just attach it to your ground rods, and you'll have a ground system vastly superior to 99% of all hams.
Actually, it's a bad idea to do that. You could end up with a nice charge building up on anything inside that loop.
If you have to drive extra ground rods to avoid that kind of loop, just drive the extra rods. Or bury a nice big metal plate a few feet down. But don't loop a ground around the house.
MI-1Honkey wrote:Thanks everybody, good lightning protection info from PoorImpulseControl.
The loop around the foundation is staying, I tried listening without it and with it. It cuts a ton of noise, and seems to help pull in weak audio signals. I will bury it in the spring, can't do much digging now. The loop is connected to ground rods at all four corners of the house, each antenna has its own ground rod, and there is a ground rod for the radio chassis ground. As I mentioned before, I changed the electrical service ground from a piece of re-bar to an actual ground rod(wonder how the inspector missed that), this cut a lot of static and noise from broadcast AM and FM radio reception.
The verticals are up and running. I haven't done a lot on hf yet, but have talked with a couple of locals on 6m and 10m. 2m and 70cm seem to be where I'm spending the most time.
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