TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 20.19 DATE: May 10, 2020
SUBJECT: PREVENTING LIGHTENING DAMAGE
We can never be too safe when preparing our stations, and other equipment, against lightening. It has a way of reaching out to touch someone, or something, like your hamshack. Even while their equipment and antennas were totally grounded, Amateurs have reported stations being destroyed by a lightning strike over a mile away. Grounding alone will not protect your station from lightening, although it will greatly improve the odds. Other precautions must be taken to assure the safety of your equipment.
To further protect our stations, we should disconnect all coax cables from radios, TV's, and anything else which has a cable entering from outside, and lay the ends away from all equipment. Never let telephone cables, wires, etc. lay near speaker cables, coax cables, power cables, or any cables still interconnected to your equipment. All computers and their attachments should be disconnected from AC outlets. A good idea is to have all your equipment, computers and all, on a power buss system that you can disconnect by removing one plug.
This may seem like a great amount of work, but the more you isolate your equipment from any outside line source, the better you will survive a direct, or even nearby, hit from lightening. If you have not taken any of these precautions before, think about it. Your luck may be about to run out.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV
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