Joe is right and George is WRONG.  V- is NOT GROUND, it is the return for DC power.  Bonding V- to ground is a BAD idea -- that's why virtually all pro-grade power supplies are built either without the bond or so that the bond can easily be removed.

As to those who were confused by my advice -- I thought it was pretty plain.

Quite a few posts back, I posted a link to a detailed discussion of this on my website. I published this around 2010-12. I urge those who are confused to study it.

http://k9yc.com/PowerSupplyBondingAndAudioDistortion.pdf

My detailed advice on station grounding and bonding is the link below.  Much of it has been incorporated in Ward Silver's recent ARRL book on the topic, and is referenced in the book. You can buy the book from ARRL, while the pdf on my website is free. :)  Joe and Don are right on in their understanding of the NEC, the fundamentals of which I have been paid to teach to audio/video professionals in workshops at conventions.

http://k9yc.com/GroundingAndAudio.pdf

73, Jim K9YC

On 4/16/2018 7:06 AM, Joe Subich, W4TV wrote:

On 2018-04-16 9:28 AM, George Danner wrote:
> Re-Connect it!

DON'T CONNECT THAT WIRE BETWEEN V- AND CHASSIS CASE!

Unless you have a substantial *EXTERNAL GROUND CONNECTION*
between your station ground and the electrical system ground
rod, that connection between V- and chassis will bridge the
power system "safety" ground and the station grounding and
put your delicate and expensive equipment between two "grounds"
that can separate by many hundreds of volts in a lightning
event (or equipment failure).

> We even used ring grounds around studio & transmitter building with
> ground rods every 10' all cad-welded.

That is proper grounding and bonds all entry points together *OUTSIDE*
the building to prevent grounds from separating.  It creates a common
"island" for everything inside the building.  However, for the majority
of amateur stations which fail to properly bond the shields of all of
the coaxial cables entering the shack to the electrical system ground
*at the meter*, there is no "island" ... more like an isthmus across
the equipment.

73,

   ... Joe, W4TV


On 2018-04-16 9:28 AM, George Danner wrote:
Re-Connect it!

From a broadcaster (AM,FM & TV) was in South Florida (lightning capital of
North America).

The more massive the common (ground, bonding, whatever term you use) for the connection between equipment and the power company ground connection the better. We even used ring grounds around studio & transmitter building with ground rods every 10' all cad-welded. This is probably over kill for a ham station; but think as massive as you can.
Towers at 500' or above had 2 ring grounds and lots of ground rods.

The common for equipment interconnection is for safety first and the reduction of voltage drops on the common lines that can transfer from one piece of equipment to another (us old timers use the term ground loop - not PC any more).

73 George AI4VZ

-----Original Message----- From: Charlie T

"This greatly increases the chances for damages to station equipment and all other electronic equipment in the household in event of a lightning event."

What is, disconnecting the wire or leaving it in place?
Your comment can be taken both ways.

73, Charlie k3ICH


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