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Grounding a Portable Generator

I was reading “Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur” by Ward Silver to learn what I need to do for safely setting up my radio station.  I’ve only read the first chapter, but I’m finding the information very useful.

A brief reference to grounding a portable generator piqued my interest because I have a generator and have never grounded it.  The book references an document published by OSHA regarding grounding a portable generator titled “Grounding Requirements for Portable Generators“.

I haven’t grounded my generator in the past, but this got me to thinking about it.  There is an outlet on the generator that has a ground prong, but if I don’t ground the generator what does it do?  Probably nothing!

So I will be reading that article and the manufacturer’s manual for my generator to make sure I properly ground it in the future.