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Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning Strike - Post-strike analysis

To: WD0M <>,,
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning Strike - Post-strike analysis
From: Gene Smar <>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 20:04:16 -0500 (CDT)
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     Sorry to hear of your excitement but glad nothing more serious happened.  

     Here in the WDC area, Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic Tel) has been 
shilling their FiOS service - fiber-based phone, internet and TV.  I signed up 
for all three earlier this year and can now report that the only conductors 
entering my QTH are from the power company (not likely to change to glass in my 
lifetime) and the tower coax and control cables.  I have Polyphasers on all 
tower cables, but nothing other than dumb luck protecting the power feed.  

     I suppose I really ought to totally remove the copper twisted pairs left 
over from the telephone service so a neighborhood strike doesn't find its way 
into my basement.  Have to look for another round tuit, though.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

From: WD0M <>
Date: 2007/09/18 Tue PM 04:36:35 CDT
Subject: [TowerTalk] Lightning Strike - Post-strike analysis

The bottom line is that if there's a way inside, lightning will find 
it.  Don't forget the phone/DSL line, or for those with cable TV, that 
line as well.  My web site <> 
has a description of my attempts to prevent any "extra" electricity from 
finding its way into the shack, for those interested (or, see the link 
below the signature below). 

Stay safe out there....



Joe Hannigan - WDÃÂM
Pagosa Springs, CO


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