[TowerTalk] [Force 12 Talk] Antennas and power lines don't mix

RICHARD SOLOMON w1ksz at q.com
Fri Jul 11 12:15:35 EDT 2008

Why in the world would one put up an antenna/tower that close to a power
line. (Hello, Darwin .....).
73, Dick, W1KSZ

> From: K7LXC at aol.com> Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 13:31:56 -0400> To: towertalk at contesting.com> Subject: [TowerTalk] [Force 12 Talk] Antennas and power lines don't mix> > From: "ni0c" <ni0c at earthlink.net>> Subject: [Force 12 Talk] Antennas and power lines don't mix> > > This past Sunday, July 5, I could have become> a silent key and my nice ham station could have> gone up in smoke. I was extremely lucky! > > I had reconfigured my Force 12 Sigma 40XK antenna,> changing bands from 30m to 20m, and was in the > process of putting it up again when I brushed the top> T bar against the HV line that crosses the utility> easement at the back of my property. I heard what> sounded like a shotgun blast, and knew instantly what> had happened, and that my life had been spared.> > The center insulator of the Sigma 40XK is what saved> my life, and my outdoor MFJ4712 relay box saved my > station. The explosion was the top of the MFJ box, which > disappeared, while a hole approx. 3/8" in diameter was> melted in the top T bar of the antenna.> > I could write lots more about all my thoughts since this> incident, but the most important thing is a warning to> my fellow hams-- be careful!> > 73,> Chuck Guenther NI0C> > > > **************Get the scoop on last night's hottest shows and the live music > scene in your area - Check out TourTracker.com! > (http://www.tourtracker.com?NCID=aolmus00050000000112)> _______________________________________________> > > > _______________________________________________> TowerTalk mailing list> TowerTalk at contesting.com> http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/towertalk

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