At 07:39 PM 11/2/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I terminated my NE beverage in to a ground rod without the 500 ohm resistor
>that was there and kept getting blown up by lightning. It seems to work
>FB. What is supposed to be the difference between the resistors and just
>terminating it to a ground rod?
I'll let the experts answer the question about terminating resistors.
I use 4, 2 watt resistors in parallel and have had no failures in 3 years. I
do ground the near end during the summer months.
Another technique I learned from a talk by K5UR, who was doing serious 160
long before most of us got going there: Put a neon lamp across the
terminating resistor. Neon lamps "break down" at about 60 V and are quite
fast. Radio Shack has them in packages of 2, part no. 272 1102. They have
very low internal capacity.
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