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Re: [TowerTalk] US Tower damaged by lightning

To: N7mal <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] US Tower damaged by lightning
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:36:17 -0400
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N7mal wrote:
> Jerry have you ever taken a 'direct' lightening strike?? I suspect not 
> otherwise you would not have made this statement: "" You have a large amount 
> of damage that should have not happened. "" I had just as much damage 
> because like Jim we had no warning of an impending storm, so I made no 
> precautions like disconnecting ant etc.
Since the big tower went up and the grounding system completed the tower 
has taken 17, visually verified, direct hits with no damage over about 8 
years. (things on top of the tower are pretty well etched though)  The 
neighbors call it the "neighborhood lightning rod", or have ever since 
the one was looking right at it from his back deck when it took a direct 
hit only about 250 feet from him. To say he found it impressive might be 
an understatement.

I rarely disconnect anything as it's currently too difficult to get at, 
so even  If warned, the storm is usually past by the time I can get 
things disconnected any way.  I do not normally disconnect the computers 
or network unless I'm going to be gone for a while and I'm not going to 
touch any of that if there's a storm within 10 miles. I've seen 
lightning come out that far horizontally from cumulus.

On one flight with a friend along, we were passing a huge towering Q 
about 12 to 14 miles off to our left. He had just asked me how close we 
dared get to something like that when a bolt came out the side of the 
storm at our altitude (5000') straight at us, but curved down to the 
ground about 2 miles from us.  The sun was shining where that bolt 
struck the ground about 10 miles from the storm.

Once we finish remodeling, the den where I am now, will end up with a 
readily accessible patch panel installed.

In all the years I've been a home owner (50 years this summer) I've only 
had two claims. One for a newly installed TV antenna and one for a brand 
new computer shortly after moving here.  There were no problems dealing 
with the company or adjuster.

However this reminds me that many, many years ago my folks house would 
get hit nearly every storm  They finally discovered the house had a 
floating neutral out at the pole.  The power company fixed that and they 
had no more problems.


Roger (K8RI)

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