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[wxsig] Lightning damage

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Sat Nov 25 23:26:37 UTC 2006

More to the point, you should add a good lightning rod and serious 
grounding cable to a goo dearth ground.  Remember that a mast sitting on 
the ground, or a tower section in concrete are not good grounding systems.

For research-grade mesonet and NWS weather station installations, the 
norm is as indicated above.


Rasputin Novgorod wrote:
> Many of us mount our sensors on the radio tower mast
> and I've heard that some have suffered from lightning
> damage. I doubt there is much we can do about the AAG
> wind sensor or outside X1W-2 board. But perhaps we could
> protect the serial connections or 1-wire where it enters
> the building, just as we protect our radio coaxes.
> I might save our T238 or computer. Perhaps earthing the
> 1-wire common and a 6v zener to clamp the data/feed line?
> Right now everything in my shack is surge protected and
> bonded to a common-point ground, except the weather station.
> Thoughts or suggestions appreciated. 
> I got thinking about this after my 1-wire to serial
> adapter mysteriously died.
> /b
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