OK this is a subject that has been talked about a lot but I still am not sure of some of the basics of grounding a base antenna against lightning strikes. If you use the proper copper wire? how many feet into the ground is needed to achieve a earth ground and how do you check that you have achieved a proper ground into the dirt or is there another way to ground possibly through your house electrical ground? And this is the one I am most concerned about when it comes to properly grounding a base antenna If you are hit directly with a lightning strike to your antenna what happens to your radio does it save your equipment? I once attached a ground wire from the chassis of my radio and inserted it into the ground receptacle on my wall socket and it removed some of the hash buzzing on my receive and also I could turn my power mic up quite a bit louder before it would squeal so can you achieve a proper ground by simply using your house ground? Any comments greatly appreciated!!