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Practical Antenna Handbook 5/e, 5th Edition by George W. Hippisley, Joseph J. Carr

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CHAPTER 30Grounding for Safety and Performance

In most radio transmitting or receiving installations there will be four different types of ground systems to consider and implement:

• Grounding for lightning protection

• Grounding for power distribution safety

• Grounding all station equipment together

• Grounding for maximum antenna efficiency

The first three are absolutely necessary; the fourth may be important, depending on the type(s) of antenna(s) in use.

NOTE The single most important message to take away from this chapter is this: A good lightning ground is not necessarily a good radio ground, and neither of them provides a safe power distribution or equipment ground in and of itself. In short, for a proper communications installation, ...

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