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Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning Strike

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning Strike
From: "NOATH" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 15:17:13 -0500
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This is getting so hi tech that I am about 1/2 afraid to make any comments / and I am
the biggest, ugliest one on here. So I hope I phrase this correctly for all. I had ( keyword )
a Ringo Ranger II at 105 foot. Changed it to a Station Master just in an attempt to
improve my signal on a lower coverage repeater. To my surprise when the Ringo was
removed it was melted off the topmost element at a 45 degree angle and 4 to 5 inches
shorter than it had been when I put it up initially. The repeater was still operational
and I have no idea when or how this even happened. But garanteed it did at
some point. Guess I needed a rabbits foot or should I go get one now?

Dave / NOATH

----- Original Message ----- From: "Doug Renwick" <>
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Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning Strike

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning Strike

I had earlier asked K4FMX for proof that his tower(s) have
NEVER been hit by lightning but Gary is unwilling to share
that information.  Then a second question entered my mind
"why would Gary mount a rabbit's foot on his tower in the
first place"?  Mmmmm.  But that is not the reason for this

I would not reply to such a question either, it would be a fool's errand.

If you can't support your absolute statement(s) with good experimental results, good theory, or good experience, then one should say so.

You have asked him to prove a negative.

Correct. But he said "I have had one on my tower for years and never had a strike." Referring to a lightning strike. By using the word 'never' I presumed that he had proof. Otherwise he should have said something like "to the best of my knowledge", or I don't think that I had a strike". I am curious to know if there can be a strike without damage.

My question - Is it possible to have a direct lightning
strike on a tower and yet show no visible or hidden signs
the tower and/or appendage(s) or show no 'secondary' signs
in the immediate area surrounding the tower?

Direct? Improbable.

Indirect and/or surge, sure.


Whoaaaaaaaaaaa. I didn't ask how to design a tower system to avoid a strike. Please take time to read the question.

Again, the failure to define parameters sufficiently renders the question impossible to answer meaningfully.

Tower materials, grounding system, cables, connectors,
etc. are all variables critical to such an analysis.

I don't know about porcupines and rabbit's feet and
such but do prefer that discussions remain in the realm
of clear reasoning.


Thanks! & 73, doc kd4e

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