At around 17:05 yesterday (28th June) my house suffered a very near lightning strike. My wife and daughter described it as a very bright white flash and a simultaneous bang which sounded as though a huge goldfish bowl had smashed right behind them. My neighbours have described a feeling of something going through them and one was lifted out of her chair.
I got home over an hour later to find them still shaken and with a number of electrical items in my shack and through the house damaged. Our telephone is out. Another neighbour still has no power this morning.
My initial list of items damaged is as follows:
My Yaesu FT-847, the main station transceiver
Yaesu G-450C rotator
Microset VHF masthead preamp
Microset SR200 VHF 200w linear
Apple Mac Pro
microHAM USB Interface III
Apple Mac Mini
Truecall phone filter
Draytek Vigor 120 ADSL2+ modem
Apple 2Tb Time Capsule
There may be more – it looks as though the rig took the brunt and it went through the uHAM interface to my Mac Pro, I don’t know if the other USB devices which were connected have been hit as well.
My insurance company have already been contacted and they will be calling me today for a list but I suspect this isn’t going to be a straightforward claim.
Regarding QSO365, I had a contact on 20m RTTY yesterday morning and will do all I can to continue the project but don’t expect too many updates over the next few days. I don’t want to fail.
Luckily nobody is hurt, this could have been a lot worse. I’ve been asked why I didn’t unplug the aerials, the answer to that is simple. I didn’t know there were storms forecast and disconnecting the aerials isn’t something I normally do as part of the daily routine. I suspect this will change in the future.