Lightning is more innertresting than you thought

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KL7AJ, Jun 14, 2018.

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  1. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Best photography yet of stepped leaders. You can hear these on an AM radio tuned to the bottom end.

    (I Like Lightning)

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  2. KY5U

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    You can hear lightning cracks on 80M at night during the summer. It's a PITA but a fact of life.
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  3. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Although 80 and 40 are full of static crashes, just about any really hear the stepped leaders, you have to tune a bit lower. The 500 KHz range seems to be best. They are recognized by their very sharp, staccato, "knuckle cracking" sound, just before the main flash.
  4. KC8VWM

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  5. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    That was great!!
  6. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    My pix of darkening usually turn out better.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  7. N0TZU

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    Very cool! Not at all a simple phenomena. There is usually also a small leader rising from the ground. I would like to see slow motion of both.
  8. WF7A

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  9. WZ7U

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    Cool! Thanks for that!
  10. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've never seen lightning like I've seen here in the mid-south. It's like someone's arc welding outside my window.

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