NEC requires minimum 10ga copper or 8ga aluminum or 17ga copper clad steel for the antenna grounding conductor.
I would go with your second choice. Why? Because your utility meter and the ground rod appear to be very close by. You need to ground the antenna, mast and coax (via a lightning protector) to that common ground point. It is your best option to have an effective ground, reduced electrical noise induced into your system. There are many discussions about grounding and bonding on RR if you have more questions, you can look at what has been suggested. One important point, when adding your ground wire #12 or larger to the existing rod, use a clamp to add your wire to the rod or a clamp to add your wire to the existing bare solid ground from the meter can. Never disconnect the ground rod or wire from your meter can, even temporarily.
DirecTV and Dish installers must go through training and they are taught to use green 10ga copper wire for grounding. Many are or were certified by the SBCA (Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association) and I was an SBCA certified trainer for instructors at one time. If anyone finds a Dish or DirecTV installation that does not comply with NEC you should contact the installation group and complain, demanding it be brought to NEC standards. I've had to do that many times.True. Please tell Dish Network installers!
Someone should have had an intervention early on in this thread. I would have ditched the mag mount and gone with a Discone or anything else. All you would have needed was the mast and in the end you could have enjoyed better performance.
Wow, hook some coax up to that thing, then rotate the wings for best reception!Haha, probably. I have many faults - cheapskate, OCD, yada yada. I'm getting back into scanning after 20 years - and I already have too many hobbies.
This setup is to see if I'll enjoy it as much as I hope. Can't see throwing a bunch of $$$ on a whim.
If things work out well after this setup (I mean, all I'm getting now is FM, the weather, and a DPS call once in a while) then the mast is well suited for an upgraded antenna.
For $100, I'm cool with where I'm at.
Maybe I can mount an antenna on my totem pole...
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The reason I'm questioning the 17 guage copper clad steel is that it is probably a poorer conductor than 12 or 14 gauge copper wire, which is a lot cheaper and more available...It does but it satisfies NEC.
The part of NEC that deals with antenna grounding is Article 810. 17ga copper clad steel is a much worse conductor than the other choices but I think its only used as a messenger wire that is molded into various coax cables and its steel for strength to hold up aerial runs of coax. There is no reason to go out of your way to find it, just use 10ga copper.The reason I'm questioning the 17 guage copper clad steel is that it is probably a poorer conductor than 12 or 14 gauge copper wire, which is a lot cheaper and more available...
Actually I'm having a hard time finding the appropriate section of the code online (any help would be appreciated).