[amsat-bb] Re: Lightning protection

Art McBride kc6uqh at cox.net
Thu Oct 17 20:37:17 PDT 2013

Surface area counts ten for lightning protection. Down conductor braid ,
copper pipe or strap 2-3" wide has the most conductivity. Coiling Coax in a
3" diameter at the base of the tower and placing a separate ground strap on
the coax before the coil to strip off the lightning currents will off some
degree of protection.
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Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:45 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Lightning protection

K9STH wrote:
> Sorry, but NFPA NEC (National Electrical Code) definitely requires that
> grounding electrodes MUST be connected together!  There are VERY good
> for doing this...

Yeah, this is a requirement that has vexed designers of complex electrical
systems for years.
One solution, generally meeting this requirement, is to go ahead an utilize
separate ground rods
and tie the rods together with a (large) grounding cable--usually pvc
insulated cable for corrosion 
protection. In industrial installations these connections are often made so
they can be 
disconnected in the event of differential currents flowing and causing
problems with 
communication/signal systems.

Much like K8BL's recommendations, I too have used #10 AWG for the ground
from the rotor/mast
 to the ground rod, and hoped and prayed the lightning liked it (if ever
needed).  This is especially important
for a non-earthed installation like a tripod on a roof.  I have been
fortunate to never having to find out...

Jerry, M0GOE
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