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Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by hammer0630, Dec 24, 2011.
The wire I am running as my ground wire is actually the multi stranded guy wire galvanized that they use on telephone poles when the stress on the pole is uneven. And to reply to more grounding rods I had a Hell of a time just to get that one in 7 feet! There must be a better way!
What gauge of copper wire would you recommend?
Whatever the NEC recommends.
For the actual antenna, isn't the NEC recommendation a 14ga wire to ground?? It simply bleeds off the static charge to prevent the antenna from being hit in the first place??
Some manufacturers also suggest quarter wave shorted transmission lines as added protection. For CB, get yourself a Tee connector. It gets placed along your transmission line somewhere. On the third output connect a 6 foot piece of RG58 or RG8 cable with the far end shorted and soldered together. It will ensure the entire antenna is placed at DC ground.
If you dig a small hole-(just about six inches deep) and fill it with water, then put your ground rod in the center of the hole and work it up and down. Keep the hole filled with water and you can sink the ground rod to depth by hand!
I didn't believe it either but after setting a eight foot copper rod through clay, I was amazed!
Try it you'll like it!
I have all my radio equipment grounded to this rod as well!
can you explain how that works a little more please ?
and how does that not act like a needle stuck in the coax ?
also , what's your opinion of Morgan’s M-300 Series arrestors ?
All my equipment is earth grounded through the third plug on the cords!
Before I get thrashed for that comment, I am going to add a couple more rods and bond everything together including the electric company's rod!
My problem is that the electric company's ground rod is on the other side of the house which is about seventy-five too eighty five ft away from my antenna and rods!