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Re: [CQ-Contest] Lightning Protection

To: "'Ron Feutz'" <feutz@wctc.net>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Lightning Protection
From: "David Robbins K1TTT" <k1ttt@arrl.net>
Reply-to: k1ttt@arrl.net
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 21:33:22 +0000
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I would recommend wearing a foil beanie when operating so that you are
protected not only from the rf exposure of being in the middle of that link,
but from the chance of lightning also following that path.  More info on the
effectiveness of a foil beanie can be found at:

David Robbins K1TTT
e-mail: mailto:k1ttt@arrl.net
web: http://www.k1ttt.net
AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://dxc.k1ttt.net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com [mailto:cq-contest-
> bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of Ron Feutz
> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 16:17
> To: cq-contest@contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Lightning Protection
> Fellow Contesters,
> Maybe this should go on TowerTalk, but since contesters have the best
> stations, I thought I would ask here:
> I have upgraded my lightning protection and am pretty sure I have all the
> bases covered:  Multiple ground radials with multiple ground rods properly
> spaced on the towers, everything Cad-welded, heavy ground leads lead back
> to
> SPG panel with multiple ground rods along its run, copper SPG plate
> strapped
> to multiple ground rods near the house, strap from all eqpt. to SPG, whole
> house surge arrestor, all connections to outside world bonded to SPG, etc.
> The one thing I haven't been able to find is info or grounding equipment
> for
> the wireless link from my wireless router to my shack computer.  In case
> lightning does sneak in to the wireless router somehow, how do I protect
> from having the lightning jump the wireless link to the computer.  It is a
> major concern as my chair is between the router and the computer, and I am
> worried that if lightning does follow the wireless path to the computer, I
> would be right in the way.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> 73,
> Ron KK9K
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