According to Tom (don't quote me on this) in a previous note a while back, its
to remove the pvc insulators from the elements (except for the driven
course) and attach them directly to the boom.
Next time my antenna's are down I will probably remove the insulators. Theres
of wind here and static is a problem. Not sure how effective it will be since
driven element will still be insulated.
> I've noticed the exact same thing with my EF-515 & EF-420/240 antennas.
> It usually happens as a storm front is approaching. It even causes a little
> static in my TV & stereo. I haven't turned on the rig to see how bad the
> noise is then.
> I went out one night when a storm was approaching and I could actually see
> arcs at the element to boom clamps. Looks like the charge is arcing across
> the PVC insulators of the F-12 antennas.
> Is the arcing going to hurt anything??? Is there anyway to stop it?? It
> like the antennas would be nearly un-useable with the kind of noise this
> would generate.
> --Lee - KT4ZX
> > ..........At various times,especially when there is lightning in
> > the area I can here a distinct clicking sound coming from the
> > tower.The sound is a intermitent-click,click and it speeds up and then
> > will quit if there is lightning in the imediate area.It then will
> > start up after a few minutes pass.Is this static electricity that is
> > building up on my tower and then discharging?Thank you. John W9RPM
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