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[TowerTalk] Phillystran and Lightning

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Phillystran and Lightning
From: (Tom Rauch)
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 1998 09:26:23 +0000
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> Date:          Sat, 30 May 1998 11:17:30 -0700
> From:          Bill Hohnstein <>

> 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
> insulators.  


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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