> [I apologize if this is a dupe]
> Being more of a beginner than an expert, and following this thread - and
> others - leaves me with questions "sort of" unanswered. Modeling lightning
> strike wave forms and calculating impulse energy/duration, while
> is still a bit removed from "okay, here's the tower, now what do I do?" I
> may be putting up a tower at a very high point that is <guaranteed> to
> direct strikes. My kids across the road from my prospective QTH get
> <direct> hits on their wood fram house several times during the summer
> season. I've been at their house when it was hit [they have an extensive,
> somewhat traditional house grounding system], and for those unfamiliar
> such an event, it is VERY impressive. Given direct hits, what's the plan?
> Discussions of big versus small strikes seems besides the point. A direct
Big versus little is quite relevant as all strikes may be big, but some are
a *LOT* bigger than others.
My tower takes a number of hits every year.
> hit is BIG regardless of its relative size.
> Disconnecting the equipment seems obvious. That done, is there a consensus
I rarely disconnect anything in the house and have had no damage since
finishing the ground system.
In addition to reading the Polyphaser page I'd read the one by W8ji
http://www.w8ji.com/ground_systems.htm He has a large instalation on a
mountain top and he doesn't sell lightning protection equipment.
> Also, carry insurance regardless of the grounding system [Murphy's Law].
Insurance may or may not cover lightning damage. Check your policy to be
Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2
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