Good but I feel it's important to keep the antenna at ground potential. I
found this out the hard way once when lightning actually hit the cf zepp
directly. It came down the feeder then jumped 10 feet to the nearest
electrical outlet destroying nearly everything electrical in the house. The
zepp and feeder evaporated leaving small shreds of insulation around the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl Moreschi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] OT: Lightning and Grounds
>I completely disconnect all my equipment when a storm comes. That means
> disconnecting all my electronic equipment from the antennas, power, phone
> lines, and GROUND.
> Carl Moreschi N4PY
> Franklinton, NC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Rippey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 10:13 PM
> Subject: [TenTec] OT: Lightning and Grounds
>> K4TAX wrote:
>> "George, I do hope you have those driven grounds bonded to the AC mains
>> ground and all other driven grounds around the property. Failure to do
>> will produce a step voltage between two different ground during a near-by
>> lightning strike. Equipment connected between the two different grounds
>> will then share the current flowing between the two different grounds.
>> result is that one can observe extensive equipment damage or worse."
>> 1. I've often wondered what would happend with a lightning strike nearby
>> and everything connected together (as at my QTH): coax feed line ground
>> block; phone; AC main; AC outlet strip for radios; radios' bus bar
>> This may be dumb, but why would not the electrical charge from lightning
>> come bounding into the shack via the common grounds? Disconnecting the
>> antenna leads at the radios does not seem to be a protection since the
>> radios' grounds are common with the outside grounds.
>> 2. The local power company told me a couple of years ago that the code
>> around here anyway no longer requires installation of a ground rod at the
>> Main for a new house. What gives here?
>> John, W3ULS
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