[TowerTalk] grounding

Tom Anderson ww5l at gte.net
Tue May 20 21:37:38 EDT 2003


Not as contrary as it may seem.  A friend of mine, Herb, WJ5D, now a SK,
back in the early 90s had all of his antenna coax, rotor cable, etc.
disconnected, when his 60 ft. tower took a lightning hit.  The strike
traveled down the tower, into the ground through the 3, 8 ft ground rods
(1 to each tower leg), traveled under his house and back up into his
station (on the opposite end of the house from the tower) through the
station ground.  Fried all his equipment beyond economical repair. 
Nothing would have been damaged has he disconnected the station ground.

I've had a couple friends that now completely disconnect everything and
put their HF rigs, etc. in the middle of the room, away from any
grounds, coaxes, etc.

Tom, WW5L
Colleyville TX

Kelly Taylor wrote:
> Hi all,
> On another reflector, a gent recommends disconnecting shack ground during
> lightning storms.
> This seems contrary to anything I've seen on here and, counterintuitively,
> rather naive. Thoughts?
> 73, kelly
> ve4xt
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