> Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 11:17:30 -0700
> From: Bill Hohnstein <email@example.com>
> NI6W said:
> > At the Polyphaser seminar I attended, guys broken up with
> > insulators was discussed. Since they don't offer a direct path to
> > earth, they will not become involved with the energy exchange.
I think that is pretty poor advice, if given as written above.
> That's not necessarily true--lightning can easily arc over egg
I can sit in the yard and watch and hear my tower's guy insulators
arc and spark across the gaps when the lightning is hitting miles
Every time there is a strike or cloud to cloud discharge all 180
insulators on the guy lines let out a big unified crack, even when
the hit is a long distance away from here!
I have a friend in South Carolina who HAD guy lines anchored to
his house. The lines were broken up with insulators. The lines became
unattached after a lightning strike, because the wood in the house
wall caught fire.
I've never seen concrete crack from a hit, but I've sure replaced
lots of guy insulators at BC stations from damage.
73, Tom W8JI
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