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,
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
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.
>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.
>In a message dated 9/17/2012 1:17:23 P.M. Coordinated Universal Time,
>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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