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Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning protection and control wires

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Lightning protection and control wires
From: Pete Smith N4ZR <>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:59:38 -0400
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I have to wonder, though - if the protector will pass everything below 82 VDC, how many solid state devices do you have in your shack that will be damaged?

I disconnect every line coming into my shack - coax, rotators, relay switches, etc. A few years ago I took a direct hit on the tower that friend everything out there, but sustained no damage in the shack.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 10/3/2012 1:48 PM, DGB wrote:
this is what I use with my SPG

73 Dwight NS9I

On 10/3/2012 11:34 AM, Larry Loen wrote:
I really don't understand, quite, how to protect myself from lightning
coming down the various wires. I'm sure this will be crushingly obvious to
someone, but I'm clearly missing something.

I'll have wires to coax switches and, of course, the rotor.

I plan on doing all the grounding of the coax and even putting in one of
those special gadgets that "blow out" a ball of whatever-that-substance-is for the non-ground signal on the coax. I plan on putting in the grounding
systems talked about in "Up the Tower" and generally around here.

But, despite having "Up the Tower" I don't get how to really secure control
lines (e.g. to the rotor) as far as lightning goes.

Is there some gadget that does the job?

Have I overlooked something?

Do I just rely on the regular low impedance grounding system to take up
most of the energy and hope not much flows on these wires?

Larry Wo0Z

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