Grounding wire for satellite wires

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Old 04-07-06, 07:14 PM
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Grounding wire for satellite wires

I just bought a length of coaxial wire to connect my satellite dish to my two receivers. Its a bonded wire with two co-ax cables and a third wire which I assume is meant as a ground wire.

Is this wire a ground wire and if so, why?

I suspect its meant to ground the dish, but its so thin that I don't see it being much use against lightning, so why would we need it?

I'm actually using this wire to connect my dish for my RV, so I'll be hauling it out and stuffing it away every time we move the RV. I don 't think I need to ground it, do it?

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Old 04-08-06, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by PeterAL
Is this wire a ground wire and if so, why?
Well, it is a gr. wire, and according to NEC Code, any wire/cable coming into the house must be grounded. But, I sometimes question that thin wire myself!! But, it should help reduce static build-up also.

RV use: theoretically, you'd have to drive a ground rod every time you go camping (not too practical?). Personally, I probably wouldn't use it RVing.

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Old 04-12-06, 05:59 PM
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It is for static dissipation. Nothing can protect from a direct lightning strike.
 
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