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Do you smoke your HAM ? ? ?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Alex_Knight, May 14, 2004.

  1. Alex_Knight

    Alex_Knight

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    ;f ;f ;f



    That can have special meaning to guys who do mods.


    ;f
     
  2. k8ysv

    k8ysv Thecakeisalie.

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    Don't you have your OWN forum for inane posts?
     

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    bangelo MAC dADDY

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    Lightning smoked one of my hams. Forgot to ground it.
     
  4. KB4IFS

    KB4IFS MOLON LABE

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    Funny story, to me anyway. When I first became a Ham in Virginia, the Ol Virginia Hams, had a hamfest. Old guy and his wife pulled in a bought two tickets. Came back real fast when he found out there was no ham to eat!
     
  5. k8ysv

    k8ysv Thecakeisalie.

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    Actually, we're giving away some canned hams among the door prizes at my club's hamfest this year. :)
     
  6. Eddie C.

    Eddie C. Administrator Moderator CLM

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    We've smoked a few radio's/antenna's when they were hit by lightning. Even being grounded couldn't save some from a direct hit on the antenna.
     
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    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

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    Yeah, but they are difficult to roll without ripping the papers.
     
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    GSD17 Thread Killer

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    hi,

    yes done that - Once - I smoked my 2m ham-gear (TRX).

    Smoked Ham tastes and smells a lot better tham burned electronics.

    The powersupply got wild and produced more than 13.5 Volts. Unfortunatly the Radio does't work very long on 28Volts. Exploded elko's have a very bad smell.

    Since than the psu's have a protection-circuit against overvoltage.

    vy 73
     
  10. Alex_Knight

    Alex_Knight

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    Actually, I was bringing up a somewhat serious issue in a light hearted manner.



    I should add that my exterior antennas have never been hit by lightning.................................................yet ! ! !



    ;f ;f ;f
     
  11. Captain Caveman

    Captain Caveman a.k.a. DaReaper

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    I don't even smoke cigarettes ;)
     
  12. pizzaaguy

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    I tried once...had trouble keeping the dang thing lit! ;f
     
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    Properly grounded antenna systems RARELY are struck by lightning.

    Using DC grounded antennas is a big plus in lightning protection for anyones shack.

    A 10K resistor placed across the feedpoint of a dipole is very effective at grounding both sides.

    AD3X
     
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    Oh wait, No... IC's are really plastic encapsulated smoke. When they get hot and the plastic breaks or melts, the smoke gets out and they don't work anymore! ;)

    AC7DM
     
  15. 00Buck

    00Buck

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    Sometimes I am amazed that in 35 years of ham radio I have never been hit. I was missed and one of my neighbors was hit underneath the eve of his house??? I do have everything grounded well and maybe there is something to the idea that the static drain from grounds actually reduce your chances of being hit.
     
  16. G36pilot

    G36pilot

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    Two weeks ago lightning struck a tree adjacent our house. The main charge scored the tree to the ground and two "fingers" nailed the house. My nearby, taller, and heavily grounded antennae appears untouched. It's feed line runs into the office and was disconnected from the equipment and also grounded.

    One of the fingers zapped an exterior security light, then traveled down the wall to an outlet then exited via a siding nail to ground- literally. At the exit point interior sheet rock and exterior wood siding was dislodged. The circuit breaker for that single circuit and the main breakers were tripped. Our computer cable system wireless router was damaged but not the cable modem nor any of the desktops connected to it. Since this was on a different circuit and on the far side of the home, we're guessing a power surge was experienced.

    All in all relatively minor damage, but major excitement.
     
  17. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

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    I was struck back in the mid 80s...or my gear was,anyway. Had an old 2 meter rig hooked to a two meter antenna whose name escapes me because I'm having a senior moment. Lighting hit the antenna, melted the square tuning link round, blew the knobs off the two meter rig, fried my Swan 700CX, inducted into a dead piece of coax in the drywall, which writhed back and fort bowing out the sheetrock in the radio room and the adjacent bathroom, and finally exited through the tub. The EM pulse took out my TV, telephone answering machine and intercom.

    For this I got several thousand dollars for home repair and a (then) brand new Kenwood TS940SAT.

    God Bless State Farm!
     
  18. Caretaker

    Caretaker GO YANKEES!!!

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    me thinks Alex is smoking more than his HAM here...lol
    hi alex...73 de kevin N1KGM