Re: Station Grounding
Bry Carling <af4k@...>
>>There is no way that a ground rod will create an RF Ground for your station.
Sorry to have to say it Don but, you are mistaken
The first thing to know is that there are three functions served by grounding in ham shacks: 1. Electrical Safety 2. Stray RF Suppression (or simply RF Grounding) 3. Lightning Protection. Each has it's own set of requirements, but not all station setups need every kind of ground.
You can say it all you want. I have seen RFI problems come about in my shack when a ground wire accidentally came off a rig. I have even had RF burns off a Drake TR4 when the ground became disconnected. Don;t kid yourself tat a ground is not needed for RF
If an AC safety was the only reason for grounding equipment then the manufacturers would be satisfied with the 3rd wire ground providing a suitable ground for all amateur radio equipment. The reality is this: I don't know of ANY reputable manufacturer that does not provide a separate terminal for that braid or green wire to go to the ground rod outside. There is a good reason for that!
I have been a radio amateur for 48 years and I know what I am talking about. I was an SWL for a few years before that and we had a buried chassis with coal and salt on it in the back garden for lack of a costly ground rod.
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From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of Don Wilhelm donwilh@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 9:09 PM
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Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Station Grounding
There is no way that a ground rod will create an RF Ground for your