Depends where you live ... not a problem here on the Far Northern California
coast..... 73, Mark AA6DX
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chuck Counselman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 5:58 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] static drainage
> At 7:59 AM -0500 1/27/03, Pete N4ZR wrote:
> >...is it worthwhile to install 1.5 megohm resistors inside the relay
> >boxes across each antenna jack, as is done in the Heathkit switch,
> >presumably to drain static electricity?
> Yes, very much so! An antenna (or part of an antenna, such as
> one-half of a dipole connected to the center-conductor of a coaxial
> feedline) left floating very easily acquires a (literally) staggering
> electric charge, more than enough to blow a receiver front-end.
> Probably you should also have a lightning protector in the feedline
> from each antenna.
> -Chuck, W1HIS