Not to mention the climb.
73 Mike NF4L
On 3/27/2011 2:06 PM, K8RI on TT wrote:
> On 3/27/2011 11:35 AM, Mike wrote:
>> Dale, yes, fear of lightning. My firm belief, and no amount of science (or
>> theory) will shake it, is that verticals and lightning are natural partners.
>> Lightning and high-mounted verticals have an absolute lust for each
>> other..... ;-)
> Wish I had photos of the Diamond (or Comet) 144/440 vertical I used for
> the repeater some years back. The top of the fiberglass tube looked like
> an exploded cigar and the brass rod used for the top element looked like
> a half used brazing rod.<:-)) Needless to say the matching network in
> the base no longer worked.
> Unfortunately it also blew out the 7/8" Heliax about 20 feet down from
> the antenna making it too short to use for much of anything.
> That was on the old 90' tower. I think it was the only time that tower
> was hit. The 45 G was hit on average of 3 times a year for the first 5
> years and twice the next year. These are just the times the strikes
> were visually verified. I have no idea as to how many times it was
> really hit. Near as I can tell, It hasn't been hit since.
> When the new mast and antennas go back up the club would like me to put
> one of my Diamond 144/440 antennas up top for digital. That would put
> the top of it at roughly 140'. I wonder how long it'd last? I'm really
> not willing to sacrifice the antenna AND the 228 feet of LMR-600 to get
> to it.
> Roger (K8RI)
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