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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] CDwelding a tower leg
From: Frank <>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:51:46 -0500
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I think it has more to do with location than luck and the tower is only 60 feet high. Lots of tall trees around and all the power lines are above ground. All the power poles have a ground wire running across their tops. About once a year we experience a lightning hit to the power distribution system that kills power for as long as 8 hours.

I have never seen where the lightning hit but from the sound, it is close by. Even so, the tower has never been hit and
I have never had any equipment (appliance or radio) damaged.

My luck is not that good.  I quit buying lottery tickets a long time ago.

Jim Brown wrote:

On 9/17/2012 7:52 AM, Frank wrote:

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

You've been lucky. It should also be pointed out that lightning activity varies widely (a couple of orders of magnitude) with geography. Here in coastal California, there's FAR less than in most parts of the US, but I've still taken an indirect hit (to something nearby, not me), and it was before I had a tower up. Years ago, I took an indirect hit in Chicago that took out the microprocessor in a CD player. No visible damage to anything. I wasn't on the air in those years, and the voltage/current was probably induced on stereo hookup cables.

73, Jim K9YC

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