[TowerTalk] lightning and insulated elements..

StellarCAT RXDesign at ssvecnet.com
Fri Feb 10 16:08:30 EST 2006

has there been any previous discussion on the merits (or lack 
thereof) of insulated
elements visa vie lightning? I recently installed a tower system 
will 5 f12 antennas -
all having insulated elements... the tower I believe is well 
grounded as are the cables.

Last night we had a storm pass by maybe 5 miles away and I was 
standing outside
watching - wondering.... and there was a bolt that was well 
maybe a few miles away
and almost immediately I heard kind of a slow sizzling sound 
from around the tower.
I was standing - 200' from it (next to the house). Nothing 
visible... all was disconnected
(in the house) at the time and all works fine today.... but it 
made me wonder. Normally
a well grounded tower is LESS likely to get hit (I have never in 
many years with towers
been hit on the tower) but with insulated elements - one would 
think a charge could
readily build up on these things!



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