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How can I protect equipment against a lightning strike?

A lot of aerials (almost by design) would be rather good attractors of lightning. What steps do I need to take in the field to keep my gear safe against a lightning strike? I'm presuming the obvious ...
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Are used PolyPhaser IS-50 RF surge protectors likely to work?

I'm looking at buying a used IS-50NX-C0: The listings usually say something like "Used, pulled from working equipment." While I'd believe they still work as far as normal operation is concerned, I ...
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How to keep a disconnected coaxial connector weatherproof?

The advice I have seen on lightning safety is that if you don't have high-quality lightning protection (and associated grounding) installed on your feed line, it is advisable to, during a storm and ...
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Do lightning rods attract or do they help prevent lightning?

I'd read that the current theory of how lightning rods protect a house, antenna tower, or other structure is by preventing lightning from striking -- that is, the sharply pointed rod lets charge ...
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Lightning Dissipators

I have heard about many lightning protection strategies in the shack, but nobody mentioned the lightning dissipator. The lightning dissipator consists of many small spikes and prevents a strike by ...
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What would be the easiest and most cost effective ground system for a startup UHF/VHF station

I just passed both my Technician and General Class license this past weekend, and am now contemplating my first station. To get my feet wet I'm planning on getting a Yaesu FT-7900R Dual band Radio ...