Do You Unplug For Lightning Storms ?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by NN4RH, Nov 13, 2019.


What (if anything) do you unplug for Lightning Storms ?

  1. Disconnect feed lines outside - Explain details in Reply

  2. Disconnect feed lines indoors - Explain details in Reply

  3. Unplug radio/power supply power cords

  4. Disconnect shack ground

  5. I don't disconnect anything - I trust my lightning protection system

  6. I don't disconnect anything - If lightning is going to get me it doesn't matter what I do

  7. I don't get lightning here

  8. Unplug computer and disconnect from radio gear

  9. Other - Explain in Reply

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  1. W4SEX

    W4SEX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I recently suffered electronic damage from a lightning strike so now I unplug things.
  2. KG4ZAR

    KG4ZAR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been dabbling in some form of radio since 1973. I've had CB antennas on 50' towers and now wires for HF and aluminum verticals for VHF for several years and yet to have lightning damage to an antenna or radio. I have had strikes on trees within 50' or less of antennas so I've been lucky I guess.

    On the other hand a good friend had his antennas disconnected and the power supply unplugged and somehow had a strike jump the gap and take out three radios and blow an antenna off the tower. If it's going to happen man will not prevent it IMHO.
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  3. N6OPS

    N6OPS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good Questions ! Good Answers ! Picture from (Santa Barbara Fire Dept California) The threat to radio rooms is real.[​IMG]
  4. N6OPS

    N6OPS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The people in this area probably thought, lightning happens somewhere else. But when that perfect storm comes your way its too late
    even a lightning spur, as you can see many would likely cause death and damage to a radio station. Use PolyPhasers or Alpha Delta transmission line protection with a good ground. Take the lightning away from you.
  5. F8WBD

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  6. N6OPS

    N6OPS Ham Member QRZ Page

    That works. A good ground will also help reduce any static too.
  7. WQ2H

    WQ2H QRZ Lifetime Member #214 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I have 2 Polyphasres on the 600 ohm open feed-line, but I still disconnect the radio side when tells me too. :)

    Direct or near-direct hit? Forget about it. I've seen lightning arcs jump 30 feet horizontal straight through concrete walls. :eek:

    Jim, WQ2H / WK2XAH
  8. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Cool photoshop job!
  9. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Concrete is a better conductor than air.

    How do you think TV stations, cell towers, AM/FM radio, etc., stay on the air?

    Proper grounding and protection.
    KC9VFO, WA7PRC and N6OPS like this.
  10. WQ2H

    WQ2H QRZ Lifetime Member #214 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Maybe you could attempt an answer to the original question for the benefit of those who don't possess your infinite wisdom. :rolleyes:

    Or are you just another troll?

    "What (if anything) do you unplug for Lightning Storms ?"


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