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Astron PS and Your Ground

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by AI5DH, Oct 29, 2019.

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  1. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    in the year 2525 this thread will be the only thing alive
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  2. AI5DH

    AI5DH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sure can and can help you in your search term. Search for "Commercial Power Strip, or Industrial Power Strip and you will get hits like this one from Tripp-Lite.
  3. KI7TGX

    KI7TGX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks. Are the cases bonded to ground?
  4. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Another method that I just used (and apparently WA7ARK did something similar) is to run a ground wire from a nearby shack outlet to the RF ground system or RF grounding panel. (To test out the effectiveness, I first just used a plug, but plugs can get pulled out and forgotten, plus taking up an outlet. The screw attachment isn't likely to be disconnected.)

    Of course it all depends on what fits best into your particular station.

    Here's a photo.

  5. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The metal case is connected to ground.

    All bonding needs to be done at your fuse/breaker panel.

    Never bond a neutral to ground in a appliance. The NEC or UL police will arrest You. :eek:

    This thread opened up a can of worms. Worms are best collected under your Cloud Warmer.

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2019
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  6. WA7ARK

    WA7ARK Ham Member QRZ Page

    No, it just showed some "wormy" thinking about RF grounding, RF common-mode current paths, and what is required for safety and to meet Code. It is a complex subject, awash with myths, gobbledelygook, and misinformation.
  7. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is Exactly Right.

    Never piss on a electric fence wire. :oops:
  8. WA7ARK

    WA7ARK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Especially if bare-footed.
  9. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Never hit one with your forehead while wearing wet boots either. Don’t ask.
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