At 10:24 AM 1/27/03 -0600, Jon Ogden wrote:
>Additionally, with the disconnect method, you either have to unhook all your
>cables every time you leave the shack or risk having a storm/strike sometime
>when you are not home, etc.
>Even if you still chose to disconnect, having surge protectors outside the
>shack at the tower base or at the place where you have your SPG is a MUCH
If budget were no object, then I'd probably do as you say, Jon. The point
of asking the question about the safety RF choke was static drainage, not
I am fairly well convinced that the unmanageable variables in my situation
(second floor shack, long ground lead, uncertain integrity of power
neutral/ground, very old house) mean that an always-connected, 24-hour
setup a la Polyphaser is probably not to be counted on. I would rather
ground my tower well and disconnect every conductor at the bulkhead (an
aluminum plate in the bottom of a double-hung window). I'm not sure I
believe in the "it'll come looking for ground" school of thought anyway,
not at the end of a 250-foot feedline and control lines with multiple
This is a relatively low lightning area, but I have had multiple strikes
within 1000 ft (1-Mississippi) of the house over the last 6 years, and have
had zero problems in the house except for one computer modem that got
zapped by induced voltage in the telephone line. So I think I'll go on
doing what I'm doing.
73, Pete N4ZR
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