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post #31 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 09:56 AM
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One thing I have learned over the years is don't scrimp on coax and connectors, and grounding/bonding is very important.
Amen brother! I completed my tower and beam/dipole install about a month ago. I have Alpha Delta lightning protection at the tower base and at my entrance panel. My entrance panel has a 2" copper strap to a nearby ground rod (and runs inside the shack) and then another ground rod halfway to the main load center, then I'm bonded to the main load center. All radios and equipment have braided wire to a single point ground in the shack.

I bought the entrance panel from Chris at KF7P (and a bunch of other stuff) - he's a good guy and carries quality stuff.
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I've got Polyphaser and another brand of lightning protector. I can't remember the name of the other. I bought them from a company that sells to the cell tower people along with a 500 foot roll of 400 series coax. I always use the silver connectors also, much easier to solder. I built my box at the tower. I ran 2 1/2 conduit into the house from the tower. All the coaxes go thru it one run to a 8 pos. switch. Everything is grounded, single point. Ground rods, who needs one when you can have six. LOL I always disconnect the main coaxes.

I do know for a fact the lightning protectors work.

When in Florida lighting hit one of my fiberglas antennas and blew it apart. I wasn't worried because I thought I had disconnected the coax. I forgot on this occasion. This is how I found out they work! Nothing was damaged but the antenna, a router, and a TV splitter. All radio equipment was fine.
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You've done it right. I dropped 8' of copper strap in the tower base hole before they poured the concrete and I have three ground rods around the tower base.

I have a couple of Polyphaser protectors, very high quality. Times Microwave makes good coax as does DX Engineering. I watched a YouTube video of a guy that had a vertical antenna literally blown apart by a strike and the surge traveled along the coax. He found antenna parts all over his yard.
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You've done it right. I dropped 8' of copper strap in the tower base hole before they poured the concrete and I have three ground rods around the tower base.

I have a couple of Polyphaser protectors, very high quality. Times Microwave makes good coax as does DX Engineering. I watched a YouTube video of a guy that had a vertical antenna literally blown apart by a strike and the surge traveled along the coax. He found antenna parts all over his yard.

My 400 coax is Times Micro. I still can't remember the name of the other protectors. They are of equal quality as the Poly's at about half the cost. I still use the Polyphasers on my main antennas though. LOL
I did not put any grounding in my big hole before pouring just a rebar cage to hold the bolts. My block of concrete is surrounded by ground rods and bonded to the tower, and of course the box holding the lighting protectors is grounded, heck everything is grounded. LOL
I should turn my stuff on and blow the cobwebs out. It's probably been a year since I got on the radio.
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Roger on being busy. I've been feeling pretty good in the last few weeks and have been busy getting caught up on projects that are months behind, then I'm too tired to play on the radio in the evenings.
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Maybe we need a Jeep net? Fusion could make this pretty easy
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John, my approach to retired life: “play radio in the morning and eat dessert first!”.
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I got to play a little at Field Day. I helped making contacts on 40m and learned a little about the local club here. They are a bunch a nice folks. Reminds me of everyone I've met from ROF.

When I got home I was motivated to get my 2 Baofeng radios programmed the same. I got CHiRP installed and figured out enough to clone and program the radios. I was able to get the repeater & its tone set to a channel in both radios. I see the nightmare it is to program those Baofeng manually...glad CHiRP is easy to use.

I've started studying for the general. I see it is a big upgrade over technician. Oh, BTW, KJ7HEY....that's my call.
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Great job! Those HTs have enough memory to put in any repeater you may reasonably use. Then it will be some time, if ever, that you need to make a change.

Just like Willie Mays, “Just say Hey!”.

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I got to play a little at Field Day. I helped making contacts on 40m and learned a little about the local club here. They are a bunch a nice folks. Reminds me of everyone I've met from ROF.


When I got home I was motivated to get my 2 Baofeng radios programmed the same. I got CHiRP installed and figured out enough to clone and program the radios. I was able to get the repeater & its tone set to a channel in both radios. I see the nightmare it is to program those Baofeng manually...glad CHiRP is easy to use.


I've started studying for the general. I see it is a big upgrade over technician. Oh, BTW, KJ7HEY....that's my call.
The online free program ,called Hamstudy.org was useful for my General, if you want to dig in get the Gorden West book and cds and ARRLs book for General. I have a one hour commute several days a week so the cds where helpful.
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