on 1/27/03 10:57 AM, Tom Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> If you're disconnecting the coax outside, don't forget about the equipment
> grounds. Several years ago a friend of mine in Arlington TX had all of his
> coax disconnected when lightning hit the top of his 60 ft. tower. The surge
> came down the tower and into the ground underneath his house and came back up
> his equipment ground located on the opposite side of the house from the tower.
> It fried everything he had common point "grounded" in the shack, including his
> Icom 751A.
That sounds like his ground system wasn't adequate to handle the surge. You
need to have a distributed ground system on your tower. And I guess that's
another reason to have all your grounds tied together so everything rises
and falls in potential together.
I wonder how many towers just don't have it..
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