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Author Topic: Lightening and indoor antennas  (Read 397 times)
BUCK
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« on: August 18, 2003, 01:34:28 AM »

I have an inverted V about 1/2 way up a 150 foot tall tree.  The weather here has been very bad, thunderstorms almost every day, so I have been considering installing an antenna in the attic of the house.  

SInce radios should be disconnected from the antenna during a storm, will the attic antenna be safe or will it pose the same threat of an outside antenna?

I have asked this question on the air and gotten several different answers.  

Buck
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AE4TR
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2003, 08:51:38 AM »

I for one would not chance it.  There have been lightening strikes in houses that do not have any antennas at all.  I would treat it the same as an outside antenna.  Disconnect anything that you want to protect during a storm.  This is my opinion.  73's.
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N4CQR
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2003, 11:50:09 AM »

Buck,

I agree with AE4TR's comment. Also, attics tend to build up static in summer since it is hot and dry environment.
I have seen control boards in HVAC equipment installed in attics damaged from near-by lightning strikes;
From the pulse and not directly through/from the electrical service.

Craig
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BUCK
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2003, 04:38:59 PM »

This item has been moved to TowerTalk where it belongs.

Please go to TowerTalk if you would like to reply.

My apologies for the inconvenience.

Thank you,

Buck
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