> What do you use for your rotator, antenna switch, etc. connectors at
> your SPG boxes?
In one word, Nothing! I do not normally disconnect the cables coming
into either station (shop or house) which are also interconnected.
There are just too many cables. I agree the safest and surest
protection is to disconnect and unplug everything, but I rarely even
From the house to the tower are rotator, 2 remote antenna switches, the
6-pack control , 3 LMR-600 feed lines (soon to be 5), two RG-6 to the
UHF TV antennas at roughly 90 feet and two RG-6 from the satellite dish
through underground conduit to the tower. There are also 3 CAT-6 network
cables from the house to the computers in the shop. There will be as
many as 7 RG-6 feedlines from the splitters in the house to the shop,
from the satellite HD receiver to the shop, and AV lines from the system
in the house to the shop.
In the shop there are also 3 LMR 600's underground to the tower, control
lines to the remote antenna switches, another to the 6-pack, and the
rotator as well as RG-6 to a satellite dish and another to a TV receive
antenna just under the AV640. There are also feed lines to the 40' tower
on the West end of the shop.
BTW there are 4 state of the art quad core and one dual core computer on
the CAT 6 Gigabit network
It's just too many things at 3 different locations that would need to be
disconnected. To top it off the house and shop are different electrical
feeds with their own meters even though all the grounds on the property
are tied together along with 32 or 33 8' ground rods
BTW since finishing up the ground system I've not had any damage from
lightning with a total of 15, visually verified strikes to the tower.
> I like to disconnect my antenna feed lines and control
> lines when thunderstorms approach, etc. I've looking for ideas with
> respect to SPG box connector and the line connector plugging into the
A point that is often neglected is when lines from the tower are
disconnected to protect equipment in the shack/house/shop the external
lines should be grounded and not left floating. Floating they can
become antennas for inducing current into wires inside the structure or
even arching into the structure.
73 and good luck,
> Hope that makes sense! I have use a mike connector and a Cinch
> Jones, but these seem to have problems over time. Thanks for your help.
> Jerry France
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