My antennas come into the house through a grounding plate and the shield of
the feedlines are always grounded at my station. I was just making the
point that all my electronic equipment is discinnected from everything. I
can draw a circle around my station's electronic equipment that nothing
crosses when I am in "storm mode".
Carl Moreschi N4PY
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From: "n4lq" <email@example.com>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 10:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] OT: Lightning and Grounds
> 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.
> zepp and feeder evaporated leaving small shreds of insulation around the
> Steve Ellington
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carl Moreschi" <email@example.com>
> To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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,
> > lines, and GROUND.
> > Carl Moreschi N4PY
> > Franklinton, NC
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> > From: "John Rippey" <email@example.com>
> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > 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
> >> so
> >> will produce a step voltage between two different ground during a
> >> lightning strike. Equipment connected between the two different
> >> will then share the current flowing between the two different grounds.
> > The
> >> result is that one can observe extensive equipment damage or worse."
> >> 1. I've often wondered what would happend with a lightning strike
> >> and everything connected together (as at my QTH): coax feed line ground
> >> block; phone; AC main; AC outlet strip for radios; radios' bus bar
> >> ground.
> >> This may be dumb, but why would not the electrical charge from
> >> 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
> >> Main for a new house. What gives here?
> >> 73,
> >> John, W3ULS
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