In a message dated 98-06-05 09:42:53 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Now how on earth (pun intended) can that conductor "collect" enough
> charge to arc over to a cloud thousands of feet away without arcing
> over to earth LONG before that point?
Differences in humidity of different parts of the air? Differences in
ground conductivity/resistivity? Non availablity of a good 'arcing' parth?
Height above ground?
> 2.) I don't disagree a wider copper flashing has less inductance than
> a narrower "something else", but I disagree with the contention that
> the flat shape is always better because it is flat. A one inch
> wide flat conductor has about the same inductance as one inch
> diameter conductor of the same length.
Inductance may not be the issue. The copper strap has much more SURFACE
AREA and has much more contact area with earth than a copper wire. In ground
system construction in poorly conductive (rocky) 'soil', using 3 inch or more
copper strap greatly improves the performance of the ground system.
Cheers, Steve K7LXC
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