[AMRadio] Antenna disconnects

Bill Guyger bguyger at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 21 12:21:56 EST 2015

Charlie and the group

That's something I "stress" about, and about the only thing I've come up with is the RF contractors we use at AM sites and ball gaps / arc gaps. Use the contractor to ground the line when not connected to the shack, and still provide some way for a lightning strike to arc across to ground rather than across the open contacts to the radio.

The A/C contractors or open relays you mention are too easy for high voltage to flash across.

Bill AD5OL

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> On Dec 21, 2015, at 11:08 AM, CL in NC via AMRadio <amradio at mailman.qth.net> wrote:
> I have used a large knife switch for years at the ladder line exit point on the house  to disconnect the line and ground it.  I am having to re route everything and now my knife switch if used, would not be easily accessible unless I leave a ladder against the house.  Anybody use the large air conditioner type contactors, or larger open frame relays for this?  Due to contact proximities, will it just flash over anyway, so forget it? My only other option is to disconnect the ladder line in the shack but that would leave the potential for flashing over inside the house.
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC
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