Several years ago, there was an article in one of the ham magazines that
described the use of static wick dischargers to reduce p-static noise.
These wicks were, as I recall, about 6" long and were mounted either on
the ends of the boom or near the ends of the elements. I don't remember
what the material was, but it wasn't metal and was a high resistance
conductor. Noise reduction in the 20-30 dB range was claimed. Has
anyone had experience with these devices. And, if they work, does
anyone know where they can be found?
>From: Pete Smith[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Saturday, March 01, 1997 3:47 PM
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Rain Static - Anything to Do?
>This morning, there was a steady spring rain outside when I turned on the
>radio, and as a result I had rain static -- it sounded like one "sput" per
>drop hitting my antennas -- that added up to an S9 +10 noise level in SSB
>bandwidth. Pretty tough.
>Is there fundamentally nothing to be done about this? Did W3LPL and others
>have to deal with the same problem today? Or if there is, what are the
>BTW, the antennas in question are a Force 12 C-4 and a lazy-vee array on
>80. While the antenna elements are mechanically insulated from ground,
>each antenna lead has a 1.5 meg resistor from the center connector to
>ground (in my antenna switch) to drain residual static. This seems ro be
>impulse noise directly related to the drops hitting the antennas.
>73, Pete Smith N4ZR
>West (bigawd) Virginia
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