> When replacing it I'd like to install something that
> by design directs the energy to ground instead of into
> the building.
Then you will have to ground the feedline at the entrace to
a good ground, and ground the antenna if you can. That is
where the problem is, not between the center and the shield
of the cable.
> I'd really love to put up something that can handle
> receive and transmit on 2 & 440 and at least be useful
> for HF reception if not transmit.
I can't think of anything. There are antennas with dipole
elements supported by metal poles that are very immune to
lightning, but most of the other "dc grounded" systems
aren't worth a penny for protection.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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