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Old 03-06-2012, 08:38 AM
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Soldered connections are not always good outdoors either...

Originally Posted by hookedon6 View Post
good info, solid mechanical connections are best,.............. soldered connections have a habit of becoming UNsoldered @ high current loads

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Old 03-06-2012, 09:06 AM
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I never solder ground connections. I make a good solid mechanical connection first and then depending on where it is in the system I may use silfoss or bronze to "weld" it together. Solder has a nasty habit of vaporizing just when you need it the most.
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Originally Posted by vo1ks View Post
Consider your house to have two ground systems. You have an antenna ground and your AC ground. Your transmitter and other radio equipment will act as a jumper between the two. If there is a ground surge coming on the AC line it will try to dissipate through the antenna ground. Similarly a tower surge or lightning strike will attempt to dissipate through the AC ground. Your equipment between them could pass a great amount of current and potentially become damaged. You need to create a very low impedance path directly between the two grounds, and a high impedance path through your equipment.

The third plug in your AC cords is not suitable for this job...

I've summarized my thoughts, and included grounding documents and broadcast radio station design information in this document.

Many thanks for developing the document and sharing.
I appreciate your efforts.

This should be a sticky and not limited to the CB Antenna area.
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