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Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning arrestor in towers

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning arrestor in towers
From: "Gary Schafer" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:08:34 -0400
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Yes a lightning rod on top of the tower above everything else is a good
idea. But it does no good to run a separate ground wire for the rod all the
way down the tower. It will flash over to the tower along the way. 

It is best to bond the lightning rod to the top of the tower and let the
tower be the conductor. It will be anyway via flashover. Also bond all of
your cables at the top and bottom of the tower. Bond the bottom of the tower
to your ground rod/radial system.

Gary  K4FMX

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> I just wonder if I can get some input.
> I was thinking putting a "stick (conducting)" on top of my tower well
> above
>  any other installation. Connect the "stick" to a heavy wire that is
> well
> grounded in the other end. The idea is that a lightning preferable will
> hit
> the "stick" and be safely conducted to the ground similar what you do
> with
> a  house.
> A few days ago I did have a hit on my house and the lightning protection
> worked except for a surge protector and a battery charger located near
> the
> corner that was hit. Everything else survived.
> 73
> Hans - N2JFS
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