WOW! That's the first time I've heard that. Thanks for
sharing it; it might save a life in the future (maybe mine!).
> From: M. Gray Brafford <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Shocking experience
> Date: Wednesday, January 01, 1997 5:51 AM
> My good friend and tower man Clint W4PY and yours truly decided to put up
> the first of my 105CAS stacks Monday Dec-30. It went up to the top mast
> 92' via 2 parallel ropes we had fastened to a 2"x 10' aluminum pipe at
> top, and our pick-up bumpers at the bottom. We lay the 105 boom on the
> ropes with the elements held more or less in line with a rope harness. We
> pulled the beam up the parallel ropes with a third 1/2" nylon line that
> through a pulley just above the tram boom. The tram parallel ropes were
> also 1/2" nylon about 150" long.
> The beam slid up the ropes smooth as silk, and Clint didn't even have to
> touch it till it toped the tower and started to level off. He reached out
> and grabed the boom and "ZAP" he was hit with a static discharge that
> be heard on the ground. It made his hand and fingers numb for a few
> seconds, and surprised the heck out of all of us.
> LESSON: When sliding an antenna up a long parallel run of nylon rope,
> discharge it with a grounding wire before touching it.
> LESSON 2: When working at 92' never assume anything. Check and double
> everything, the thing you least expect will jump up and bite you.
> 73, And be safe.....Mick...W4YV
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