You could use a 120 vac silgle pole double throw relay in a metal box. Wire
the coax so that it is grounding the antenna with power off and passing the
antenna to the shack woth the power on. However a direct hit by a bolt of
lightning would jump several inches just to get to your radio so that small
gap on the relay contacts would be of no protection. Your safest plan is the
one you are using. one old timer trick is to remove the antenna PL-259
connector from the radio and place it into an empty glass coke bottle. I
cant say how effective this would be as I have never had a direct hit.
William Lee N5WRX
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Sent: Sunday, August 29, 1999 4:28 PM
Subject: [TenTec] antenna switch
> Hello, Oh Great Wizened and knowers of truth!
> I want to remotely (sp?) disconnect my antenna and switch it to ground.
> What im doing now is going out to the patio, disconnecting the antenna
> pl259, and attaching it to a so239 that goes from a ground strap to a
> bunch of copper ground rods.
> The question is, is there a commercially available or homebrew switch
> that I can do this from the shack?? Kinda like a 12v, 110v switch I
> throw that does the switching fer me?? Trying to automate the shack a
> 72.5, mitch ww4ml
> lost in the eithers again..
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