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Re: [TowerTalk] Radiating Lightning Rod

To: "'Doug Rehman'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Radiating Lightning Rod
From: "Michael Ryan" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 22:29:00 -0400
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Those fiberglass antennas are a sittin' duck ain't they?  - Mike

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[] On Behalf Of Doug Rehman
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 9:24 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Radiating Lightning Rod

Well my GP-15 vertical on the top of the tower looks like it took a hit. It
still works, but the SWR is varies all over the place (used to be pretty
flat across 2 meters). This is the third damaged/destroyed GP-15 in as many
years. I give up...

I'm thinking about building a copper J-pole to put on the top. Does anybody
have one on top of their mast? I'm wondering how well they survive lightning
strikes (better than fiberglass radomed antennas I'll bet...).

Anybody ever try to use #4 copper ground wire as an electrode to weld
copper- maybe not an entire seam, but maybe spot welds? (I've heard of
stranger things being done- just wonder if anybody ever tried it.)



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