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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jul 13, 2006.

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  1. Guest

    I have seen radio tower when i dove. An idea struck me, i would like to
    connect my FM
    antenna to the lightning conductor running down the apartment. I intend
    to use a 3 A
    fuse series for the connection as a safety precaution in case of a
    lightning strike.
    Please advise if this is possible ?
    Thanks & Regards
  2. Bob

    Bob Guest

    There is a website showcasing people that have acted upon ideas like yours.
    Read some of the examples and I think you'll know what to do.

  3. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    It's "possible", yes, but it's a very stupid idea. Stay away from the
    lightning protection system; if you really need an FM antenna, you can
    make a nice folded dipole out of twin-lead that you could hide in your

    Good Luck!
  4. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    That intro was good. ;-)

  5. Guest

    So let me get this right. The lightning jumps thousands of feet but
    when it gets to your fuse, it won't jump the last inch. Did I get that
    right? Hopefully only that idea --and not lightning -- will strike you.
    Good luck on that.

  6. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    wrote in
    A fuse and a resistor, then? ;-)

  7. jasen

    jasen Guest

    possible, but unsafe. for safety you'd need a 3mA 100000V fast-blow fuse
    (or something like that)

    best to stay away from lightning.


  8. He might as well use a blasting cap, either way its going to explode.

    BTW, this subject was beat to death on a few months ago.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  9. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    If they're rated for three million volts, then yes. :)

    Good Luck!
  10. Alan B

    Alan B Guest

    How ironic that you would use that phraseology.
    That's just dandy. You're going to set up a system to channel a lightning
    strike directly into your living room. You do realize that's what you're
    No, it's not possible. A lightning strike isn't going to care much about
    that 3A fuse. Once it vaporizes it, it'll keep pouring current across the
    ionized air gap, into your tuner and through anything else in its path,
    until it finally finds the earth it was seeking when it first hit the
    lightning arrestor.

    Think about it, just for a second. A massive bolt of electrical energy has
    just traveled across hundreds to thousands of meters of an air gap, and
    you're going to stop it with a 3A fuse?

    Damn, but this group has been getting some absolutely *brilliant* ideas
    bandied about lately!
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