Lighting protection for TV antennas?

Another thought is that Lightning damage attributed to Mains strikes are often not the result of a strike on the AC mains at all but rather Near strikes on nearby Trees or direct - Secondary strikes to houses, buildings etc. I think one of the biggest ironies is that folk are used to assuming that equipment is susceptible to Lightning damage from the AC mains and the 'surge arrestor' industry hyes this expectation up so that when equipment does suffer Lightning damage it is often assumed that the damage came in via the power system so that little or no investigation is carried out as to where the Lightning strike actually occoured. I Believe that the main reason for the minimisation in Lightning damage from the MEN mains is that the multiple Earths provide what is probably the best Earthing system that it is possible to get at (relatively) low cost - in fact Radio and Tv transmitters try to achieve the same thing by using multiple earth stakes over often 1000 square meters or more and even they suffer Lightning damage from time to time.
Yep that pretty well Sums it up !
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Richard Freeman
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Lightning does not just strike only power lines, or only telephone lines. Its not that selective. They typically have multiple strike points, which are not restricted to one location. They can strike trees, power lines, roofs, people, telephone lines, cars, etc. When you consider that millions of volts and hundreds of thousands of amp are conducted to earth by these strikes, it's no wonder that equipment that may be isolated by some distance can suffer.
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