>Scott makes a good point about external protection for the antenna inputs to
>not only the same rig, but other rigs in the typical shack.
>Storms with lightning approaching are not the only source of static buildup.
>Wind blown snow storms with low humidity air, and dust blowing in desert areas
>can build up significant voltages on the antenna. Desert or Great Plains winds
>are significant sources of voltage buildup.
>An SOP for either transmitting or receive antennas that can bleed off this
>static charge is to use gas tubes to ground, or even to have high value
>resistors to ground, such as 100K ohm, which will not bleed much power either
>transmitting or receive from the rig, but which will keep the voltage from
>static buildup in a blowing wind condition from incrementing the voltage
>developed over the antenna.
>73, Stuart K5KVH
Stuart: The idea of a 100K resistor from the xmitter output to ground is
intriguing, Does this REALLY cause essentially no problem but continually
drain off static buildup???? (sounds like a laundry commercial --- that
static cling!) I have a longwire and USUALLY ground it when not in use,
but as seniliy approaches I often forget. Any one else doing this?? Any
comments from the group?
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