HUMOR: Improper Grounding a Safety Hazard

On the HamRadioHelpGroup someone asked:

I’m in a second floor apartment right now and thus do not have access to an efficient grounding possibility….Does a 100 what radio represent a significant hazard if not grounded properly?

To which, Mark, K5LXP, replied:

Yes. If it fell on the ground improperly it would break. Grounds are for AC shock protection. The rig operates on 12V. No shock hazard there.


  1. David Brodbeck N8SRE says:

    Although if your antenna system isn’t balanced you might get a bit of a tingle from stray RF. I got a surprising zap once when I accidentally keyed a 5 watt CB with no antenna attached.

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