I live on a high floor in an apartment block and have a radial-free multi-band vertical antenna attached to my terrace railing. This is the antenna :
It actually works quite well surprisingly, but of course noisy on receive. I guess it would be better to ground the outer coax shield somehow? However, being so high up, it's not so easy.
Two questions. Feel free to ridicule them. I am still learning here:)
What would happen if I tried to use my electrical ground / earth from the apartment as my RF ground. Hence connect the other coax shield to the earth pin of an electrical plug as it enters the apartment?
I'm of course also worried about lightning striking the antenna and damaging my equipment. What if I use a lightning surge protector and connect the ground terminal to the electrical ground / earth pin of an electrical plug?
Are there any problems with this? Dangerous? Pointless? Please explain.
Thanks in advance