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Title: Lightning rod?
Post by: N9TLU on April 05, 2012, 11:17:58 AM
Does anyone really put those things on top of the masts anymore?  I usually just see the tower itself being grounded. Since the antenna(s) and mast have a mechanical connection to the tower, isn't grounding it (the tower) enough?


Title: RE: Lightning rod?
Post by: KCJ9091 on April 05, 2012, 02:32:23 PM
The Motorola R56 manual, the manual the specifies site construction specifications, requires a lighting rod be the highest point on the tower structure.  Antennas cannot be equal to or higher than the rod.


Title: RE: Lightning rod?
Post by: K9KJM on April 05, 2012, 10:29:51 PM
Most all commercial towers have a lightning rod at the top when installed new, The latest ones are now blunt (Rounded) tip, As opposed to the former sharp tip (Franklin style) of years past.