> At 6:30 AM -0800 1/27/03, Mark wrote:
> >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>
> > >...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.
> You don't need lightning to charge an antenna electrostatically.
> Precipitation can do it, and even dry wind.
> -Chuck, W1HIS
In even a light snow fall, I used to draw 2-3" arcs off the end of an endfed
wire antenna strung between barracks buildings when I was stationed at
Navcomsta Iceland (Keflavik).