Going through Withdrawal

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With the insane weather here in Pennsylvania, 90's ridiculous humidity and violent daily Thunderstorms, I've had my Flex disconnected from it's antenna now for several days. UNFAIR!!!

And thank goodness, I've had a number of strikes that the boom arrived at the same time as the flash of lightning. Fall can't arrive too soon for me.
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Michael Coslo

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  • pfffft!

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Dave Skinner

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Sounds like daily summer weather here in Louisiana!
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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I live in SoCal

What is This stuff called Lightning.?

Sounds like fun!

Trade u some Fires and Earthquakes

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Getting outside to watch an electrical storm is pretty cool. As long as you get a second or two between flash and boom. That instantaneous one had me go outside to check the antennas.

SoCal is so beautiful. Those fires tho! 
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Ken - NM9P

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I have operated only sporadically here in SW Indiana for the same reasons. I would operate or at least listen remotely from my office but I don't want to leave things connected when there is a possibility of thunderstorms. My XYL might not be able to disconnect things quickly enough.....
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Michael Coslo

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Ach, I just found out to of our contest stations computers had their ethernet ports blown out by the storm. Ethernet and me don't get along too well these days - had an updat KO previously.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Eastern NC is bad for lightning in the hot humid days of summer.  In the 21 years I have lived at this QTH, the house across the street has been hit twice and there have been 3 near strikes (within 700') to trees behind the house.  I can add one more incident to the list.

Last Sunday afternoon lightning struck the house 3 doors down.  It ran down the exterior garage door jam, then arced through the wall to the AC wiring.  It blew a 15' diameter hole in the garage wall and fried most electronic devices in the house. Fortunately, no one was injured and the strike did not ignite a fire. The "flash" fully illuminated the inside of my house.  And the thunderclap was defending; it shook my house.

My whole house lightning protection which is connected to a halo grounding system did its job.  Nothing in my home suffered any damage.  My coax was not disconnected (the storm came up very fast) and the ICE lightning arrestors did their job too (they are also connected to the halo ground.  I am counting my blessings.