WOW! This is about as bad as it gets with lightning. I have heard and read
that lightning will not explode concrete. I hope Pete got some photos of
the damage and will post them. I can host them on my site if needed.
A strike hit my shack June 22. The Icom 775DSP and Alpha 87A are still
being repaired from that one.
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Subject: [TowerTalk] from W0RTT...
Pete, W0RTT asked that I pass this news along, basically he's unable to use
email from his home QTH (read on) and those who would like to contact him
please use his work email address: Peter.Grillo@anheuser-busch.com for now.
'73 Dan N0HF
>Hi Dan -
>I have some bad news. Precisely at 12:47 PM on Sunday, August 22nd (I
>>know the time because my Geochron is still showing that time), our
>house was struck by lightning. Miraculously, none of the 8 people at
>the house were hurt. The bolt hit our metal roof and found its way to
>the phone system and power equipment ground throughout the house. We
>never lost primary power, but the surge was >so huge that it wiped out
>all connected electronic equipment (FT-1000D, Cisco >1700 Router, UPS
>system, Compaq computer system, stereo system, TV and >probably other
>things yet to be identified). The control wiring from my house to the
>top of the hill exploded and was fried (eighteen #14 stranded wires in
>PVC conduit, 300' long). The concrete base for the 50' tower, yet to
>be completed, was >blown apart. The tower is still standing, but I
>would not climb it today! I have two power distribution panels. One panel
that services the older part of the house had 6 popped breakers. The 2nd
panel for the addition had 2 popped >breakers.
>As a result, all internal house wiring is suspect for fire hazard.
>I will be unable to send e-mail from my home for several weeks until
>insurance has settled my claim. You happen to be the only radio
>contact I have in my >work address book! Can you pass this information
>along to CQcontest reflector, tower-talk reflector, and our K0RF
>friends? Also, Vic K9UIY@AOL.com and >Ellen W1YL (I don't remember her
>Chuck needs to know I'll likely be available for CQWW CW this year, but
>now >I'm desperate to find a station for CW SS.
>73 for now,
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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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