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[TowerTalk] Antenna static charging

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Antenna static charging
From: (Chuck Counselman)
Date: Mon Jan 27 23:15:06 2003
On armyradios today, from <>:

NE, waterfront, mild wind (maybe 10 mph, snowing, mid 20's, very dry air,
150 foot long wire, #6 AWG:

When disconnected from radio or ground, the static build up is
terrific!  Will arc about 3/4 in.  Will recharge in 1 to 1-1/2 min and arc
again.  Will ignite paper.  And, yes, it REALLY
hurts!  Operation:  Receiver had frequent "pop" which would cause AGC to
clamp & loose part of message, on about a 12 to 15 sec rep
rate.   Transmitter:  would hear arc at about same rate, contact complained
that signal had intermittent cut out and chopped transmitted message.
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