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Subject: [TowerTalk] Commercial towers and lightning
From: Bill Turner <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 07:42:47 -0700
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The comment was made a few days ago about how commercial and emergency
radios must continue to operate despite direct lightning hits and that
got me to wondering about something. I know there are experts here who
would know the answer.

In the case of us hams, the antenna is almost always placed at the
very top of the tower. Do commercial and emergency installations do it
the same way? I'm thinking that a non-rotating antenna would be better
protected against lightning by placing it several feet lower on the
tower and letting the top most part of the tower protect it. 

Is that the case?

73, Bill W6WRT


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