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Grounding radio

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by K5BOU, Apr 1, 2021.

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  1. K5BOU

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    I need to ground only my YAESU transceiver. What kind of wire did I need to use to connect to my grounding rode? Thanks.
  2. N0TZU

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  3. WA7ARK

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    No, you need to ground your outdoor antenna system. If that is grounded, then that takes care of the transceiver.
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  4. KA2RRK

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    One is copper AFW (April Fools wire company) wire @ least the same gauge wire as it's steel cabinet lid.

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  5. KD9VV

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    Any grounding is better than none.

    That said, what is the length of your ground rod?
    How many are you installing.
    What is your antenna system?

    Station design and layout will oft times dictate proper grounding and lightning mitigation.

    When all else fails, unplug everything if lightning is nearby
  6. K6BRN

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    Hi Philippe (K5BOU):

    Unfortunately, you've touched on a "hot button" topic on this forum which will no doubt turn into a melee of answers and disputes. Doing grounding well is complex and has a few different goals (AC safety, lightning protection, conducted EMI suppression...) that can all be addressed to some degree. But not with one simple wire connection from the rig to a ground rod.

    My best advice is as follows:

    1. Make sure any power supply to your radio or any accessories used with it that plug into AC power have their 3rd prong safety ground terminals intact and are plugged into a modern grounded outlet. Resist the impulse or any advice to defeat this critical safety ground.

    2. Order, read and re-read the ARRL Guide to Grounding and Bonding. It is the definitive reference for amateur radio and has been written to a level appropriate to this community. It's available HERE:

    Also available on $22.95 paperback or $9.95 Kindle. Very worthwhile.

    Best Regards,

    Brian - K6BRN
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2021
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