[TowerTalk] Re: Static, Lightning, and protection

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Wed Mar 24 09:23:49 EST 2004

At 09:20 AM 3/24/04, Bill Tippett wrote:
>        Another footnote to this.  It seems that only a bare tower
>is insufficient to dissipate the charge buildup.  Since moving
>back to NC from CO, I put the same 150' tower up in one location
>and then added 30' to it at my present location (now 180').  In
>both cases, the tower had no antennas on it as it did in CO (3 el
>KLM 40 and 5 el KLM 20...with all elements grounded at the boom).
>In both cases with the bare tower here in NC, I have had NUMEROUS
>direct lightning hits.

At last, an argument for the XYL on why I absolutely must have more, bigger 
antennas on taller towers!

73, Pete N4ZR
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