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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

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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.

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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 baseboards.

Good Luck! Rich

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Rich Grise

"Bob" wrote in news:5gttg.8017$ snipped-for-privacy@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net:

That intro was good. ;-)

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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote: > 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

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.

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A fuse and a resistor, then? ;-)

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

best to stay away from lightning.

Bye. Jasen

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jasen

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

BTW, this subject was beat to death on news:rec.antiques.radio+phono a few months ago.

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Michael A. Terrell

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

Good Luck! Rich

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Rich Grise

On 13 Jul 2006 07:47:58 -0700, in message , " snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com" scribed:

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 suggesting?

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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