KD3Y Posted November 18, 2022 Share Posted November 18, 2022 I found this cool gadget at Habitat for Humanity. It was a heavy powder coated steel stand that was designed for baseball practice. It came with a bungee type attachment with a baseball on it. The idea was you practice hitting the baseball and the bungee brings the ball back to you. When I saw it I thought, "That would make a great portable mast base for an E-coms J-pole". I bought it for $40 bucks and when I looked it up I saw Dicks Sporting Goods sells it for $199. After I took off the baseball part, it did make a great mast base. The first time I put it up for practice in the backyard, the day was sunny and clear. About 30 minutes later a dark cloud came up from the west. I decided to take it down so all my connections wouldn't get wet. I was disassembling it and had the 16 foot aluminum mast with the copper J-pole on top of it in my hand when I heard a loud BOOM and felt a little tingle. Lightning struck a pine tree about 50 feet away, blew pieces of pine tree all over the yard, and set the tree on fire. I grabbed my cell phone and called the FD. They were out in about 9 minutes and put the tree out. LUCKY ME! I'm glad the lightning thought the tree was a better ground than me! https://rumble.com/v1kv6ut-31-emergency-coms-setup.html 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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