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[TowerTalk] Disconnecting cables and lightning (questions -- too long)

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Disconnecting cables and lightning (questions -- too long)
From: (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 11:05:18 -0400
On 5/7/98 6:58 PM, Tyler Stewart at wrote:

>Pete, I'm with you all the way.  For my money, disconnecting everything is
>much more valuable than a pile of lightning protectors and grounds.

Just don't disconnect them and leave them floating.

My only lightning hit was taken as an indirect strike on an 80m doublet 
at 45 feet. Lightning vaporized the copper out of 45 feet of 450 ohm 
transmitting twin lead. Left a huge black mark on the side of the house. 
Had answering machine, clock radios and a television fry because of that 
event. Ironically, the dipole stayed up in the air, while the feedline 
fluttered to the ground.

However, my radio equipment survived unscathed. This is because it was 
all packed into the back of my car. It was sunday afternoon after field 
day, and I hadn't bothered to unpack it. the doublet was left floating, 
since I had packed away the antenna tuner it was connected to.

I'm convinced that the doublet wouldn't have been hit if it had been 
properly grounded and protected.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail:
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