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Re: [TowerTalk] CDwelding a tower leg

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] CDwelding a tower leg
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:23:05 -0400 (EDT)
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I assume you don't live in the lightning capitol of North America, central  
FL.  I understand very well about lightning and static build up as do  
others who have posted here.  I have three 199.99 footers as well as  several 
other smaller ones.  Unless you live in an area of little t-storm  activity 
you have been very lucky.  Having a lightning hit your tower is  not if, but 
I have spoken to several EEs who work at the local surge protection mfg  
company and since I have followed their advice I have had no damage even 
though  the towers have been hit over the summer.
In a message dated 9/17/2012 2:53:22 P.M. Coordinated Universal Time, writes:

Nope,  never been hit by lightning in over 30 years of hamming.  
Evidently  you have had that misfortune.

Ever wonder if there might be something  you don't understand about 
static build-up?

My tower is grounded by  virtue of the tower leg bottoms stuck in sand 
and dirt below the  concrete.  I don't need any additional grounding.

The tower acts  like a big lightning rod.  Contrary to popular belief, 
lightning rods  don't attract lightning, they dissipate static charge.  
At least mine  seems to work that way.  Your milage may  differ. wrote:

>You ever take a lightning  hit?  I have several times and it was  
>uh....exciting.   Towers were extensively grounded but not to a common  
ground with the  
>house.  Three tower legs are not an extensive ground and   will not 
>dissapate a direct hit and will likely make a beeline to your  shack on  
the coax to 
>finish the job on its way to your home  grounding system through the  
>You are living on  borrowed time with that attitude.  Extensive  grounding 
>is  your best friend and the insurance company's.
>Bill  K4XS/KH7XS
>In a message dated 9/17/2012 1:17:23 P.M.  Coordinated Universal Time,  
>  writes:
>I fail  to see why a ground is needed at  all.  Surely the lower two feet 
>of  tower is firmly embedded  in dirt with the concrete anchor above  
>that.  If it was  done that way those three tower legs should serve as  
>some pretty  good ground rods.  At least my version of common sense  tells 
>me so.  I will have to admit that common sense has not  always  been 
>kind.  Sometimes it does not make sense at all  and becomes just  common 
>bs.  I am wondering what it might  be on this topic?   Anyone venture a  
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