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. N4QFY

    N4QFY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't have a permanent antenna hung yet so I take down and wind up my antennas when I'm not using them and everything in the shack is on surge protectors that are switched off when I'm not using them. I haven't had a problem yet other than not being able to operate much this time of year.
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  2. G4COE

    G4COE Ham Member QRZ Page

    As a bench engineer I repaired a Goodmans stereo unit that had been struck.... how I don't know, be it TV or if it was connected to a VHF FM antenna..... that devil worked after all the copper ground tracking on the circuit board was cleaned and linked - only the power switch needed a change, no transistor change er nothing else!

    I thought it'd be a write off - how wrong I was.... and that found the mains socket and blackened the surrounding wall paper area.

  3. VE3CGA

    VE3CGA XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    nice stereos, your outlet voltage is 240V if memory serves me. That would have been a pretty good zap at the mains socket and left a mark.
    When I moved here the hydro was so poor a sneeze would put it out. We constantly lost radios, clocks, phones. Now, everything electronic here has a APC UPS. Been lucky, power outtages here are mainly due to road accidents, or poor maintenance.
    We have a HV line a couple km's north and it constantly gets hit almost everytime a storm goes through, luckily it serves another area
  4. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I grounded everything here in Tennessee to NEC.
    In Oregon it was such a rarity I didn't bother much other than tie my antenna into the house ground.
  5. K1LKP

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  6. N8ZL

    N8ZL Ham Member QRZ Page

    While I was working, now retired, I saw first hand what direct hits and near misses can do. So I disconnect everything outside, I would find it difficult to explain to my wife why our house burned down due to my radio hobby.
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  7. N4CKC

    N4CKC Ham Member QRZ Page

    For now I disconnect the radio and unplug from the surge protector completely taking the transceiver out of line. Lightening protection is in the future to eliminate or at least minimize the times I need to take it down. One step at a time and sometimes other things trump radio projects which delay things a bit.
  8. N9LCD

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    #1 All my antennas are for VHF/UHF. They're indoors, in my shack/office.

    #2 I don't unplug. We're on a newer grid and lightning isn't a problem. It was a problem years ago with the vintage grid back in Chi town.
  9. N6TDG

    N6TDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I unplug all the outside coax. I also lay down the DX Commander Multi Band Vertical for ease of mind. Inside I disconnect power supplies, etc. During a wild electrical storm some years back I forbid my wife from staring out the window to look at the lightening.. I have seen it enter through a window. I have also seen it hit a non grounded antenna and travel down the coax and blow the line out of the radio. That was at Ft. Hood in the S-3 shop. I had just come over from Germany and had no clue that they didn't ground their antennas.

    I won't even pick up the phone during an electrical storm. Random lightening followed by rain is one thing--Dry electrical storms are another.
  10. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Do you remember when....

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