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Re: Grounding/Bonding: Was Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Clay Autery
 

Typo...  (aka: brain gears slipped a tooth while typing) <smile>

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(318) 518-1389
On 05/11/20 07:44, John Canfield wrote:

LCM multimeter? I think you mean an LCR meter? I have a couple of those.

John WB5THT


Re: Factory service still available?

Jeff Clarke KU8E
 

According to the Santa Cruz, CA county web page https://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ShelterinPlaceFAQ.aspx , where Elecraft is located - "How Long does the new Order last ?  - This Order does not have an end date. However, the Health Officer expects to revisit the Order periodically, as warranted, to make adjustments. It could be awhile before anyone can get their equipment serviced.

Jeff


Re: Factory service still available?

Jeff Clarke KU8E
 

According to their web page NO.  https://elecraft.com/pages/a-message-from-eric-wayne They are still working from home and not doing any service. I would imagine when they eventually open back up there will be a big backlog of service orders. I blew the finals in my KPA500 a little more than a month ago. Since I didn't want to be without an amplifier (don't have a backup) for a long time I ended up buying an Acom 1000, which is a great little amplifier. When I can get the KPA500 repaired I will probably just keep it as my backup amplifier.

Jeff


KPA 1500 Minimum Ambient Room Temperature

wb6bee
 

To get rid of fan noise and heat in the shack during the summer, I relocated my KPA 1500 into area of the house that is not heated during the winter.   I operate it remote control.   Now, when I start it in the morning, it is 12-13C.    

I don't know how cold it will get in that room overnight in the winter.     

Is there a minimum room temperature for locating the KPA 1500?

Don
WB6BEE


Re: Grounding/Bonding: Was Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

John Canfield <bucket@...>
 

LCM multimeter? I think you mean an LCR meter? I have a couple of those.

John WB5THT


Re: Factory service still available?

John Canfield <bucket@...>
 

Roger on the copper strap, that's why I used it at the tower (8' of two inch wide strap in the hole before concrete pour) and from my entrance panel to my central point of bond/ground in the shack.

John WB5THT


Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

Keith KV5J
 

Order processing have been repaired.  Sorry for the delay.

73,

Keith, KV5J


Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

Pete Block <pete_block@...>
 

I’m in Northern California (Dublin). Just outside San Francisco.

73

Pete

 

From: Elecraft-K3@groups.io <Elecraft-K3@groups.io> On Behalf Of Keith KV5J via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2020 8:11 PM
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Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

 

Are you state side?  You must select your state.

If not email me at DDUinfo at Yahoo dot com

Thanks,

Keith


Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

Keith KV5J
 

Are you state side?  You must select your state.

If not email me at DDUinfo at Yahoo dot com

Thanks,

Keith


Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

Keith KV5J
 

Send questions and inquiries to DDUinfo at yahoo dot com.


Thanks,

Keith


Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

John Freitag WW4JF
 

Trying to order... no joy. Payment page is non operational...


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Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

Pete Block <pete_block@...>
 

Keith,

I don’t see your off-line email.

Please give another try.

Pete_block@...

Also phone: 925-361-7937

 

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David, M0XDF

Sent you email off list.

Keith


Re: Grounding/Bonding: Was Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

KE1F Lou
 

Thanks Clay. I didn't think it was an easy thing to do, just usind a DC VOM.
73 and stay safe.



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-------- Original message --------
From: Clay Autery <KY5G@...>
Date: 5/10/20 12:38 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Grounding/Bonding: Was Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

I did not answer the original questions:

How would you measure that impedance? Between which two points?
Lou KE1F

2nd question first....  between ALL of them, from end to end...  Wherever the lightning event may travel....
How?  "It is commonly measured by using a frequency generator and an oscilloscope or an LCM multimeter."

You COULD do it with a combination of mathematics and instrumentation....  In those parts of the SYSTEM where you can calculate the resistance and inductance mathematically, you could do so.
In the "choke points" and/or places that don't lend themselves to mathematical computation, use the instrumentation....  EVEN THEN, you will have to make measurements on time scales and frequencies attainable, and then use math to get "true"er readings for the time frame, frequency, et al. of the lightning event level at which you are engineering protection.

Not all lightning events are the same, local, direct, indirect, same energy level, etc, etc....  You have to PICK an engineering standard and design toward it.

73,

______________________
Clay Autery, KY5G
(318) 518-1389
On 05/10/20 11:30, Clay Autery wrote:

Lightning events happen in a VERY short time period... 

As I understand it, the conductors that you are using in your lightning protection system to BOND all the chassis together and thence to your entrance panel, and thence to your grounding system (rods, horizontal connectors, et al) need to be LOW INDUCTANCE.

IF I still grasp what Jim, et al. have been trying to teach us about lightning protection vs. RFI prevention....

The GOAL is to keep our stations at the same ground potential as where we want the lightning energy to GO....  Because the lightning event IS going to enter your shack if the event occurs close enough to ANYTHING connected to it.
Thus, the GOAL is to keep the energy from the lightning event on the grounding conductors and on the outside of the devices (chassis) long enough for the energy to seek a "safe"er path to ground....

Inductance and resistance....  BOTH need to be minimal in the path to earth ground so that the lightning event can pass through the system without creating too high of a ground potential difference anywhere and arcing/jumping from a "safe" place to a "dangerous"/damaging place.

Resistance can be reduced by shortening a conductor or merely making it BIGGER....  This reduces the "resistance" to change in voltage in the event...
INDUCTANCE opposes the increase in CURRENT through the conductor....  And as I understand it, inductance is reduced in a conductor by INCREASING the surface area of a conductor....  and the most reasonable way of doing THAT is by using wide, thinner conductors like straps....  typically COPPER straps as copper is the best compromise between lower cost and higher conductivity.

Thus, in summary.... the conductors you are using to bond everything together would IDEALLY be the widest copper strap you can route from place to place....  Strap/sheet copper is notoriously hard to route around corners, et al.... and this is ACTUALLY a good thing, because lightning does NOT like to turn corners....  The strap/sheet should be routed as close to a straight path as possible.... Where you MUST make direction changes, they should be as gradual as possible...  AND IF you must make a 90 degree change indirection over a short radius, you should consider engineering to do so with additional methods of reducing inductance in other ways. (soldering/brazing folds, et al).

I know this isn't totally correct and complete, but I think it's pretty close.

73,

______________________
Clay Autery, KY5G
(318) 518-1389
On 05/10/20 09:46, KE1F Lou wrote:
How would you measure that impedance? Between which two points?
Lou KE1F

On 5/10/2020 9:19 AM, john ni0k wrote:
John,

Have you measured the impedance of your ground connection? If the impedance isn't very low all the surge suppressors won't help you. Telcos and cell sites will do this and add to the ground system until it gets below 20 ohms. In some cases much lower than this.

73,
-de John NIØK

John Canfield wrote on 5/10/2020 8:08 AM:
I faithfully followed the grounding and bonding recommendations in the ARRL book. My entrance panel is by KF7P, every conductor (even the SteppIR 16 conductor control cable) that enters the shack is surge suppressed - both at the tower base and the shack entrance. The copper plate in the box is bonded to a ground rod which goes to another ground rod a few feet away and then on to the main AC load center ground rod and then up to the ground buss in that box. In the KF7P entrance box, a copper strap goes to a common ground buss in the shack. Every piece of equipment in the shack is connected directly to the common ground buss via braided wire.

My tower is 165' feet from the shack so there was no reason to bond the tower to the entrance panel. All coax is in one 3" conduit and all other wiring is in another 3" conduit.

I've put a lot of research and effort (and $$$) into lightning mitigation and I'm very happy with the results so far. We've taken some very close lightning strikes in the last few months.

Thanks to all for your tips and recommendations es 73 de John WB5THT


Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

Keith KV5J
 

David, M0XDF

Sent you email off list.

Keith


Re: NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

David Ferrington, M0XDF
 

Would be interested. could you let me know what shipping to UK would be please.

73 de David, M0XDF (K3 #174, P3 #108)
-- 
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-Chinese proverb

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Mel Marcus
 

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2
WATT METER!
From: "Keith KV5J via groups.io" <nelasat@...>
Date: Sun, May 10, 2020 11:55 am
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io

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No USB or serial cable to computer
No com port in Windows to manage
No computer needed
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Simply connect the SUPPLIED power splitter and PC data jumper cable
Retains all functions from the W2 front panel
All displayed info obtained directly from the W2
4" x 4.2" x 2"
 
GREAT ADD-ON TO AN ALREADY GREAT WATT METER!
 
Note:
This is not an Elecraft product!
*Elecraft W2 watt meter not included
 
Information and pricing goto: www.kv5j.com
 


NEW PRODUCT! DIGITAL DISPLAY UNIT for ELECRAFT W2 WATT METER!

Keith KV5J
 

This easy to install display unit* takes the guess work out of your LED lights
Easy to read 2 line display
No USB or serial cable to computer
No com port in Windows to manage
No computer needed
Plug and Play
Simply connect the SUPPLIED power splitter and PC data jumper cable
Retains all functions from the W2 front panel
All displayed info obtained directly from the W2
4" x 4.2" x 2"
 
GREAT ADD-ON TO AN ALREADY GREAT WATT METER!
 
Note:
This is not an Elecraft product!
*Elecraft W2 watt meter not included
 
Information and pricing goto: www.kv5j.com
 


Grounding/Bonding: Was Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Clay Autery
 

I did not answer the original questions:

How would you measure that impedance? Between which two points?
Lou KE1F

2nd question first....  between ALL of them, from end to end...  Wherever the lightning event may travel....
How?  "It is commonly measured by using a frequency generator and an oscilloscope or an LCM multimeter."

You COULD do it with a combination of mathematics and instrumentation....  In those parts of the SYSTEM where you can calculate the resistance and inductance mathematically, you could do so.
In the "choke points" and/or places that don't lend themselves to mathematical computation, use the instrumentation....  EVEN THEN, you will have to make measurements on time scales and frequencies attainable, and then use math to get "true"er readings for the time frame, frequency, et al. of the lightning event level at which you are engineering protection.

Not all lightning events are the same, local, direct, indirect, same energy level, etc, etc....  You have to PICK an engineering standard and design toward it.

73,

______________________
Clay Autery, KY5G
(318) 518-1389
On 05/10/20 11:30, Clay Autery wrote:

Lightning events happen in a VERY short time period... 

As I understand it, the conductors that you are using in your lightning protection system to BOND all the chassis together and thence to your entrance panel, and thence to your grounding system (rods, horizontal connectors, et al) need to be LOW INDUCTANCE.

IF I still grasp what Jim, et al. have been trying to teach us about lightning protection vs. RFI prevention....

The GOAL is to keep our stations at the same ground potential as where we want the lightning energy to GO....  Because the lightning event IS going to enter your shack if the event occurs close enough to ANYTHING connected to it.
Thus, the GOAL is to keep the energy from the lightning event on the grounding conductors and on the outside of the devices (chassis) long enough for the energy to seek a "safe"er path to ground....

Inductance and resistance....  BOTH need to be minimal in the path to earth ground so that the lightning event can pass through the system without creating too high of a ground potential difference anywhere and arcing/jumping from a "safe" place to a "dangerous"/damaging place.

Resistance can be reduced by shortening a conductor or merely making it BIGGER....  This reduces the "resistance" to change in voltage in the event...
INDUCTANCE opposes the increase in CURRENT through the conductor....  And as I understand it, inductance is reduced in a conductor by INCREASING the surface area of a conductor....  and the most reasonable way of doing THAT is by using wide, thinner conductors like straps....  typically COPPER straps as copper is the best compromise between lower cost and higher conductivity.

Thus, in summary.... the conductors you are using to bond everything together would IDEALLY be the widest copper strap you can route from place to place....  Strap/sheet copper is notoriously hard to route around corners, et al.... and this is ACTUALLY a good thing, because lightning does NOT like to turn corners....  The strap/sheet should be routed as close to a straight path as possible.... Where you MUST make direction changes, they should be as gradual as possible...  AND IF you must make a 90 degree change indirection over a short radius, you should consider engineering to do so with additional methods of reducing inductance in other ways. (soldering/brazing folds, et al).

I know this isn't totally correct and complete, but I think it's pretty close.

73,

______________________
Clay Autery, KY5G
(318) 518-1389
On 05/10/20 09:46, KE1F Lou wrote:
How would you measure that impedance? Between which two points?
Lou KE1F

On 5/10/2020 9:19 AM, john ni0k wrote:
John,

Have you measured the impedance of your ground connection? If the impedance isn't very low all the surge suppressors won't help you. Telcos and cell sites will do this and add to the ground system until it gets below 20 ohms. In some cases much lower than this.

73,
-de John NIØK

John Canfield wrote on 5/10/2020 8:08 AM:
I faithfully followed the grounding and bonding recommendations in the ARRL book. My entrance panel is by KF7P, every conductor (even the SteppIR 16 conductor control cable) that enters the shack is surge suppressed - both at the tower base and the shack entrance. The copper plate in the box is bonded to a ground rod which goes to another ground rod a few feet away and then on to the main AC load center ground rod and then up to the ground buss in that box. In the KF7P entrance box, a copper strap goes to a common ground buss in the shack. Every piece of equipment in the shack is connected directly to the common ground buss via braided wire.

My tower is 165' feet from the shack so there was no reason to bond the tower to the entrance panel. All coax is in one 3" conduit and all other wiring is in another 3" conduit.

I've put a lot of research and effort (and $$$) into lightning mitigation and I'm very happy with the results so far. We've taken some very close lightning strikes in the last few months.

Thanks to all for your tips and recommendations es 73 de John WB5THT


Re: Factory service still available?

Clay Autery
 

Lightning events happen in a VERY short time period... 

As I understand it, the conductors that you are using in your lightning protection system to BOND all the chassis together and thence to your entrance panel, and thence to your grounding system (rods, horizontal connectors, et al) need to be LOW INDUCTANCE.

IF I still grasp what Jim, et al. have been trying to teach us about lightning protection vs. RFI prevention....

The GOAL is to keep our stations at the same ground potential as where we want the lightning energy to GO....  Because the lightning event IS going to enter your shack if the event occurs close enough to ANYTHING connected to it.
Thus, the GOAL is to keep the energy from the lightning event on the grounding conductors and on the outside of the devices (chassis) long enough for the energy to seek a "safe"er path to ground....

Inductance and resistance....  BOTH need to be minimal in the path to earth ground so that the lightning event can pass through the system without creating too high of a ground potential difference anywhere and arcing/jumping from a "safe" place to a "dangerous"/damaging place.

Resistance can be reduced by shortening a conductor or merely making it BIGGER....  This reduces the "resistance" to change in voltage in the event...
INDUCTANCE opposes the increase in CURRENT through the conductor....  And as I understand it, inductance is reduced in a conductor by INCREASING the surface area of a conductor....  and the most reasonable way of doing THAT is by using wide, thinner conductors like straps....  typically COPPER straps as copper is the best compromise between lower cost and higher conductivity.

Thus, in summary.... the conductors you are using to bond everything together would IDEALLY be the widest copper strap you can route from place to place....  Strap/sheet copper is notoriously hard to route around corners, et al.... and this is ACTUALLY a good thing, because lightning does NOT like to turn corners....  The strap/sheet should be routed as close to a straight path as possible.... Where you MUST make direction changes, they should be as gradual as possible...  AND IF you must make a 90 degree change indirection over a short radius, you should consider engineering to do so with additional methods of reducing inductance in other ways. (soldering/brazing folds, et al).

I know this isn't totally correct and complete, but I think it's pretty close.

73,

______________________
Clay Autery, KY5G
(318) 518-1389
On 05/10/20 09:46, KE1F Lou wrote:

How would you measure that impedance? Between which two points?
Lou KE1F

On 5/10/2020 9:19 AM, john ni0k wrote:
John,

Have you measured the impedance of your ground connection? If the impedance isn't very low all the surge suppressors won't help you. Telcos and cell sites will do this and add to the ground system until it gets below 20 ohms. In some cases much lower than this.

73,
-de John NIØK

John Canfield wrote on 5/10/2020 8:08 AM:
I faithfully followed the grounding and bonding recommendations in the ARRL book. My entrance panel is by KF7P, every conductor (even the SteppIR 16 conductor control cable) that enters the shack is surge suppressed - both at the tower base and the shack entrance. The copper plate in the box is bonded to a ground rod which goes to another ground rod a few feet away and then on to the main AC load center ground rod and then up to the ground buss in that box. In the KF7P entrance box, a copper strap goes to a common ground buss in the shack. Every piece of equipment in the shack is connected directly to the common ground buss via braided wire.

My tower is 165' feet from the shack so there was no reason to bond the tower to the entrance panel. All coax is in one 3" conduit and all other wiring is in another 3" conduit.

I've put a lot of research and effort (and $$$) into lightning mitigation and I'm very happy with the results so far. We've taken some very close lightning strikes in the last few months.

Thanks to all for your tips and recommendations es 73 de John WB5THT


Re: Factory service still available?

Michael Mickelson
 

All, am I being a bit fussy in suggesting that the header reflect the topic under discussion?.  It has been Factory Service...for some time...Mike KD8DZ


On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 9:09 AM John Canfield <bucket@...> wrote:
I faithfully followed the grounding and bonding recommendations in the ARRL book. My entrance panel is by KF7P, every conductor (even the SteppIR 16 conductor control cable) that enters the shack is surge suppressed - both at the tower base and the shack entrance. The copper plate in the box is bonded to a ground rod which goes to another ground rod a few feet away and then on to the main AC load center ground rod and then up to the ground buss in that box. In the KF7P entrance box, a copper strap goes to a common ground buss in the shack. Every piece of equipment in the shack is connected directly to the common ground buss via braided wire.

My tower is 165' feet from the shack so there was no reason to bond the tower to the entrance panel. All coax is in one 3" conduit and all other wiring is in another 3" conduit.

I've put a lot of research and effort (and $$$) into lightning mitigation and I'm very happy with the results so far. We've taken some very close lightning strikes in the last few months.

Thanks to all for your tips and recommendations es 73 de John WB5THT



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