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Re: [TowerTalk] Re: TowerTalk Digest, Vol 11, Issue 56

To: Bill Fuqua <>,
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Re: TowerTalk Digest, Vol 11, Issue 56
From: Pete Smith <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 15:08:56 -0500
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At 12:01 PM 11/20/03 -0500, Bill Fuqua wrote:
What is so great about nonmetallic towers?
I seem to be missing something here. They will not stop lightning and I suspect that if they are hit.
And strong electric fields develop across any of the nonmetallic members the material may just
explode due to the internal stresses in the "dielectric" bonding material.
I can see lighting hitting the antenna and going down the feed-line and damaging the tower along the
way. Do they mention the dielectric strength of the tower or resistance. Is it non-conductive?

I note that in the installation instruction book they mention that "proper precautions" must be taken against lightning to avoid severe damage to the antennas or the tower. Sounds like confirmation of this concern.

I'm also not sure whether a tower made of this stuff would appear to be a conductor in the field of the antennas or not. I do recall that when carbon-carbon was first considered for aircraft components one concern that had to be worked through was whether the debris in the event of a crash would cause disruption to nearby electrical circuits through conductive fallout. I think the US also has some bombs that are designed to kill electrical distribution systems through scattering conductive carbon fibers across switch and transformer yards.

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