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Old 12-11-2012, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OTA Antenna installation, in an apt. building, grounding question.

Anyone ever installed an OTA Antenna in a apt. building?
Im having trouble finding info on how to ground it, being on a 7th floor in an apt. building doesnt help either.
Running a ground line to the break box, means about 80ft line, doesnt seem to be very reasonable.

Are surge suppressors my only option?

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Often, the screw that holds on the electrical outlet cover is grounded. You could try that.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is the antenna indoors or outdoors. Are you creating an RF ground or a lightning ground?
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Outdoors, will be attached to the balcony rails. Lightning ground.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If it is a lightning ground do NOT ground to power (outlet) or water pipe. Some buildings have lightning arresters or rods on the roof which are connected to copper cables going down the building to ground rods. See if your building has them and if one goes by your apartment. The ones on my building look like a thick woven bare copper cable.
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