I know I have to ground my antenna and mast with bare #8 copper wire. Can I use coated/insulated #8 instead? Also do I have to ground both the antenna and mast? Wont grounding the just the mast do the trick?
gpflepsen said:You can use any copper conductor, insulated or not. If it is insulated, some form of identification should be used to denote it's a ground. Green would do the trick. Why #8? Unless code calls for #8, I wouldn't worry about it. #12 or #14 will do fine. Ground the mast to the house's electrical ground. If that's not possible, an eight foot copper ground rod needs to be driven into the ground.
This brings us to the actual need to ground the antenna. Some swear by it, and others swear against it. It has to do with the grounded antenna being more of a lightning attractor. A #8 ground wire isn't going to protect squat if it's hit by lightning.
It's going to prevent the lightning from traveling into your house and possibly burning it to the ground. The coax and mast should both be grounded. The point is not to protect equipment but to prevent it from coming into the house.gpflepsen said:...A #8 ground wire isn't going to protect squat if it's hit by lightning.
gpflepsen said:OK, let's get nasty
Who makes a surge protector which will handle a lightning strike? I'm sure many out there are guaranteed to work but they won't handle this situation. You can now kiss your equipment goodbye.