Antron 99 versus Lightning 



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This is a Antron 99  with a skirt kit that was grounded with a stranded copper wire from the mast to ground, attached to a aluminum rod. I know that was the first mistake. Hindsight is 20 20. The strike exploded the base of the Antron. Also there were several pieces of electronic equipment that were just fried. I lost a Galaxy dx hl 88, Realistic Navaho 23c,Radio Shack Pro 23 Scanner and other goodies.  It shorted the back of an electrical outlet out that the CB Radio was plugged into. I also had most of the equipment on surge protectors. It even zapped the phone system and also an alarm system. For a couple weeks after the strike I discovered printers and scanners that would no longer work. So with this fresh experience I am studying the grounding system on the new tower I'm installing that you can visit at the link at the bottom of this page.

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The solid copper wire internally is still in tact. There are burnt marks on the inside of Antron.


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I know now that the grounding system I had intact was never sufficient in any way. But my intentions were good.


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As you can see this is very large stranded copper ground wire. I sit on a flat rock and cannot gain the necessary depth either.


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Another view of the damage done by wind and the direct lightning strike.


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As I understand it today the guy wires were probably causing me to loose the full potential of the Antron 99. I've been told that the guys should be at least 2 feet under the skirt kit.

Here is a link to a site that explains a more proper way to ground your antenna.

More to come!

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