Newbie - Need Some Guidance on Grounding My Shack

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KC1OUL, Mar 25, 2021.

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  1. KC1OUL

    KC1OUL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Everyone,

    I am new just having obtained my license a few days ago. I am now trying to figure out what I need to setup a shack. I am wondering if someone could help me understand grounding to ensure I have it right.

    It is my understanding that I need to ground all my equipment to a single point - a copper pipe or bar and then ground that to my outside ground - the same one grounding my electrical service.

    So some questions:
    1.) Can I use any copper braid to connect my equipment to a pipe/bar or is there a recommended width?
    2.) What is the recommended material to connect the bar to the outside ground? Is it copper strap? Any strap?
    3.) I know I have to keep the run from my bar to the outside ground as short as possible, but is there any guidance on this? What is too long?
    4.) Lastly, I am looking to get on 20m to start using a dipole. Does the dipole need to be grounded to my grounding rod as well? I am seeing some conflicting information out there about this.

    This is all new to me, so please excuse my ignorance. However, you have to start somewhere.

    I appreciate the assistance.

    KC1OUL
     
  2. K1LKP

    K1LKP Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    HELLO LISA,

    WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF HAM RADIO.

    IF TIME ALLOWS STOP BY MY QRZ PAGE AND GO TO THE SECTION ON
    GROUNDING...... LOTS OF GOOD SCOOP.

    YOUR QRZ ADDRESS SHOW YOU LIVING UP IN VERMONT.

    BECAUSE OF UR VERY COLD COLD WINTERS, I RECOMMEND THAT
    YOU PURCHAS A 10 FOOT GROUND ROD. SOLD AT HOME DEPOT

    YOUR BEST BET IS TO DIG A DEEP PIT SO THAT YOU CAN GET THE
    TOP OF THE ROD BELOW THE FROST LINE.

    HOPEFULLY ALL THE ZEDDERS (QRZ FOLKS ) WILL BE ABLE TO
    POINT U IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION WITH THEIR INSIGHT

    REGARDING UR QUESTIONS:

    So some questions:
    1.) Can I use any copper braid to connect my equipment to a pipe/bar or is there a recommended width?

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    2.) What is the recommended material to connect the bar to the outside ground? Is it copper strap? Any strap?

    COPPER STRAP IS GREAT CHOICE

    3.) I know I have to keep the run from my bar to the outside ground as short as possible, but is there any guidance on this? What is too long?

    HOPEFULLY, YOUR RADIO SHACK IS ON THE FIRST FLOOR OR IN
    THE BASEMENT PORTION OF UR HOME.


    4.) Lastly, I am looking to get on 20m to start using a dipole.

    Does the dipole need to be grounded to my grounding rod as well?

    YOU SHUD TRY TO SET UP A BUS BAR FOR UR SHACK GROUNDING
    copper_ground_bar.jpg

    ALSO.... THIS STUFF IS GREAT TO USE.

    COPPER TO COPPER JOINT COMPOUND.jpg

    ANY HARDWARE U PURCHASE TO CONNECT TO UR GROUND ROD SHOULD
    BE WHAT THEY CALL "BURIAL RATED"



    I am seeing some conflicting information out there about this.

    THERE IS A LOT OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION ON THIS MATTER.
    TAKE IN ALL THE SUGGESTION THE ZEDDERS WILL PROVIDE AND
    THEN DO A LOT OF READING ON YOUR OWN. THERE ARE SO MANY'
    SITES ON THE INTERNET THAT CAN GUIDE YOU.

    WORK SAFELY AND BE SURE THAT WHEN U DRIVE DOWN UR
    GROUND ROD --- U DON'T END UP DRIVING THE ROD INTO A WATER /
    ELECTRIC / GAS LINE/ SEWER.


    This is all new to me, so please excuse my ignorance. However, you have to start somewhere.

    WE WERE ALL NEW BEES AT ONE TIME...HAVE FUN....

    I appreciate the assistance.


    73 ES WORK SAFELY

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    Last edited: Mar 25, 2021
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  3. W6KCS

    W6KCS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not really. In olden times before equipment had grounding plugs grounding the chassis, it was nice to ground everything AC-powered to keep the chassis at the same potential and for fault clearing (shock protection).

    You should have a surge arrestor at the antenna entry, grounded as close to the dirt as possible, ideally right to the house service ground or a ground rod bonded to the house service ground. There's some good info here: http://www.repeater-builder.com/tech-info/bonding/amateur-radio-bonding.html
     
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  4. KC1OUL

    KC1OUL Ham Member QRZ Page

     
  5. KC1OUL

    KC1OUL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Awesome. Thank you so much!
     
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