Antenna Installation - Grounding
I have questions about antenna installation on the roof. I currently have a ClearStream 4MAX connected to an HDHomeRun with a Plex Media Server. My DirecTV contract is up in another month or so and I’m tired of the constant negotiating with them for channels I don’t watch – plus seeing the monthly bill disappear would be nice. Most of the broadcasting towers are about 50 miles away and I’m finding too much dropped signal with my antenna installed in the attic, so the roof seems to be the obvious route.
I understand that I need to ground the antenna mast as well as the coax cable. The coax cable entry will likely be through a roof vent – one less hole to punch in the roof.
My questions are about grounding and running the ground wires.
- Can the ground wires for the mast and coax grounding block be combined together with a single ground wire going to the grounding rod?
- If I need to use two separate wires for the mast and coax grounding block, can the cables be run side-by-side or should there be separation between the two wires?
- Can the ground wires be tucked under the shingles or is there an inexpensive rust-free clip for running the wires?
- Can the ground wires be run through the attic and then to the outside to the ground? My concern is fire hazard in case of lightning strike.
- Stranded or solid copper wire? I’ve seen debates for both.
I think that’s all for my questions… thanks for the responses.