Re: 230 foot Beverage on ground worth running?- FARMERIK
Steve Ratzlaff <steveratz@...>
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I have run elevated longwires for 9 years now, and use matching transformers to run the coax back to the shack. As such, the longwire is automatically grounded through the transformer/ground rod for any lightning-induced pickup short of a direct strike. I have never had any problems with lightning discharges except one time when I had to replace the transformer after a storm. Even that time, there was no damage to either the coax cable or the receivers on the other end. I never disconnect any radios or anything associated with these antennas during any storms, with or without associated lightning.
I would think a BOG with a matching transformer would be even less likely to be hurt by a lightning strike, being right on the ground.