>From a technical standpoint, it actually might be easier to lightning
protect than the usual ham installation. The electronics is fairly dense,
can be placed in a shielding metal box/shelter that is compact, and has
appropriate transient suppression, etc. At least you don't have to worry
about induced voltage carried on transmission lines, etc.
As for whether fried equipment in a box at the tower is different than fried
equipment in your house making a difference for insurance... I have no idea.
Interesting aspect to the problem...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pete Smith" <email@example.com>
To: "Jim Lux" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Jim Miller"
<JimMiller@STL-Online.Net>; "TOWERTALK" <TOWERTALK@contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] "Wire"less antenna connection
> Yeah, and imagine how much fun it'll be to file the insurance claim when
> all that expensive stuff gets fried by a lightning hit.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
> > >> >
> >>Eliminate all wires to the tower. Use wi-fi to send digitized audio to
> >>tower base for input to the auto-tuning amplifier. Rotor control also.
> >>Supply AC power only and eliminate coax loss, lightning threat.
> >I am working on this approach right now, but it will hardly be ready for
> >field day this year.
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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