I beg to differ.
Recently, I had a number of questions about lightning protection and power
conditioning for the new shack.
The answers I received from PolyPhaser were informative and friendly in the
extreme, including one comment that it was hams who "made" PolyPhaser and
expressing their appreciation for amateurs' business and support.
So, my own experience, as recently as the last two weeks, has been quite
From: Bob Wanderer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: 'Tower Reflector' <email@example.com>
Date: Sunday, November 14, 1999 21:50
Subject: [TowerTalk] FW: Polyphaser Components Recommended?
>I'd suggest contacting Ron Block rather than PolyPhaser.
>Ron is Roger Block's brother, Roger founded Poly. The
>new owners of Poly are not ham friendly. Ron is a ham
>so he knows their concerns (e.g. $). Ron is located in
>southern NJ. I *think* his tel # is 800 421 7170. Tell him
>I said "hello."
>From: Eric Gustafson[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Sunday, November 14, 1999 12:21 PM
>Cc: email@example.com; K7LXC@aol.com
>Subject: Re: Polyphaser Components Recommended?
>The most useful thing you can do for yourself is to establish the
>ground reference panel right at your house service entry point.
>And then route everything (power, feedlines, control lines, telco
>lines, etc. etc.) from there to the shack area by the same route.
>If I were you, I'd contact PolyPhaser with a somewhat more
>detailed description of what you are proposing to do and ask them
>for their recommendations.
>73, Eric N7CL
>>From: "DavidC" <eDoc@netzero.net>
>>Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 22:00:26 -0500
>>Bob, Eric, Steve, et al:
>>We are finally settling in to the point that I really need to
>>take the next step in establishing the station. I now need some
>>assistance in identifying the precise items required to protect
>>from lightning and other static damage.
>>I have several Polyphaser UHF coax surface or bulkhead devices
>>but need to know what the preferred devices are and which panel,
>>PEEP, PEP or PB I need to handle the range of lines I will be
>>wanting to protect. Note: The wall where the entry will take
>>place is concrete block.
>>Here is the list of lines that will be external to the
>>AC Power line
>>Well pump AC line
>>Generator line (future)
>>Coax to HF beam
>>Coax to 6m beam
>>Coax to 2m beam
>>Coax to 440 beam (future)
>>Coax to 2m ground plane or multiband vertical
>>Coax to Butternut HF6V vertical
>>Coax to phased-pair of 160m verticals (future)
>>450 commercial feedline to multiband dipole
>>Rotor data and power lines to T2X and a smaller rotor
>> **Am assuming I need two IS-RCT devices?**
>>Data lines from weather devices (temperature, wind speed, water level,
>>Data and DC lines from tower-mounted camera (future)
>> **Am assuming I need a IS-50BB for the data, what about for the power
>>Solar panel lines
>> **Am assuming I need a IS-12VDC for each
>>panel? (I have two panels, one large and one small at the
>>moment.) When I get to the future addition of multiple panels
>>for a 4-battery 48VDC array for the SS HF amp will I want an
>>IS-35 or 48? (The trip levels of 53 and 80 VDC throw me.**
>> I hate to imagine what this will cost, but I know I need to do
>>it, and need to start saving, acquiring and installing now. I
>>suppose the PEEP/PEB or PB entry panel should come first?
>>- Thanks for any and all assistance! & 73, DavidC K1YP
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