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I use one of these antennas and in my area, it is the only way I can hit some local repeaters, so it does make a difference.  Just keep in mind that it is directional.  I can hit some close by repeaters from the back side of the antenna but I can also hit those repeaters from a hand held.

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32 minutes ago, WRUB458 said:

Ok sounds good. Do they have to be grounded or anything? I may give a try….

All masts should be grounded and all fixed location antennas should be connected through a lightning arrester where they pass into the house. A lightning arrester grounds the shield of the coax and also helps protect the radio from static electricity buildup. 

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5 hours ago, Sshannon said:

All masts should be grounded and all fixed location antennas should be connected through a lightning arrester where they pass into the house. A lightning arrester grounds the shield of the coax and also helps protect the radio from static electricity buildup. 

What are the best practices for grounding? If I have an antenna on a fiberglass pole how do I ground it?

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26 minutes ago, Borage257 said:

What are the best practices for grounding? If I have an antenna on a fiberglass pole how do I ground it?

In this case you should at least ground the shield of the coax before it enters the house. This would be a minimum requirement, because your antenna will accumulate static charge just from the wind, no lightning necessary. Give static a path to the ground other than through your radio. Bulkhead N or PL-type connectors can be used at the bottom of your mast or at the entry point into the house.

Better solution is to use lightning arrester certified for 500MHz, as mentioned above, and a proper grounding wire and a dedicated grounding rod near the mast, bonded with the house grounding rod by #6 or bigger wire. This method is according to the code. I myself do have rod for the mast, bonded with the house ground by #4 wire, but I only ground the shield of the coax. Where I live, lightnings happen once in 10 years.

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