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Subject: Re: Ham radio interference
From: Thomas Dick dickthomas01@.............
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:21:39 -0600

Thanks Al
> *I don't know what your soil type is, but at my lake house I have a 
> horizontal loop among the pine trees.   The soil is sandy, so a ground 
> stake would offer too much resistance.  I ran a ground wire from the 
> feed line balun at the base of a pine tree out about 40 feet to the 
> lake.  Then, I tied a brick around the end of the ground wire and 
> threw it into the lake.  Couldn't ask for a better ground than that.  
> You might try that to extend your grounds, and see what happens,  
> since you're only 20' away from the lake.*
> *Al*
Good point. The soil is clay and gravel here. And when I say twenty feet 
from the lake, I mean just that. I have a basement that is below ground 
water level. My house sits less than four feet above the surface of the 
lake. And I had a electronic dog fence that extended into the lake  ... 
that wire is now part of the ground. The radio equipment is grounded 
separately from the seismic equipment. Wire size is #8 solid copper 
wire. The 80 ft tower is grounded as well.

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