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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:45 pm 
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Good story Stevo, glad you can still type. :lol:

I think the jury is out on the use of hand-held radios, though the radio league propeller-heads tell us to "turn them off". Certainly a stubby VHF is not as likely to be hit as a radio tower, (or your mast). However, if anyone wants to squawk on one while suspended in roiling salt water, as Thor throws his hammers,.. well, let us know how that works out. K? (Is it Zeus for us sailors?)

So where is the best location to be goosed by the god of lightning? If you believe the statisticians:

26.8% Open field, ballparks, playgrounds, etc.
13.7% Under trees
8.1% Water related, fishing, boating, swimming, etc.
2.4% Telephone-related
0.7% Radios, transmitters, antennas, etc.

(Hey, what about kite flying?)

Golfers account for around 5% of the human interactions with LEMP (lightning). You duffers may be familiar with the Lee Trevinos's quote: "If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."

Yeah, right. So far, Trevino's been hit twice.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:29 pm 
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thats an awesome picture ... makes me think that if Tesla wasn't so badly blindsided he would have eventually figured out a way to lasso it

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:44 pm 
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I guess Faraday had the right idea with his cage though. Gotta admire a mad scientist that tests things on himself. (Unlike Batman, who uses mindless guinea pigs).


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:00 am 
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As an aside. I was one at sea on a moonless night with 2 others on my 25 foot yacht. At the same moment, we decided to all look up at the masthead wind indicator.

At that instant, a giant flash of lightning cracked right across the sky, directly over the masthead. No doubt you are all familiar with the nursery rhyme about the three blind mice, and we put together a very good re-enactment for the following 5-10 minutes, as none of us could see a single thing! :lol:

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