[ale] isp questions

Jim Kinney jim.kinney at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 20:47:29 EDT 2020

Yep! Been hit twice. First one literally welded the drive heads to the platter as well as cooking/burning/exploding everything else on my first computer.

Second time, massive joule strike on a tree 5 feet from the house with me less than 10 feet from the tree inside the house. EVERY hair stood straight out. Removing the socks was interesting. A 2 pack of florescent 4' bulbs glowed so brightly they melted the plastic wrap to them. EVERY computer failed over the next week. Every electronic device died in the next month. All the ups devices survived. The surge was through the network wires.

Neighbor had their fuse box, um, well, fused. Tree lived but the pine cones on it have never fallen off. Been 20 years.

On June 16, 2020 8:29:17 PM EDT, Solomon Peachy via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 07:03:28PM -0400, Jim Kinney via Ale wrote:
>> Come on lighting strike!!!
>...said mostly in jest, I know, but I had a near-direct strike that 
>induced enough current into the phone line to fry everything plugged 
>into the line.  And nearly everything plugged into the things plugged 
>into the line.  And nearly everything else.
>The DSL line filter literally exploded; ASICs decapped in the DSL
>long-range multi-line cordless phone, VOIP ATA, and 48-port PoE switch 
>installed not 6 hours prior; Wiring insulation and RJ12 connecters 
>partially melted well downstream of the line filter; plus two LED work 
>lights and a fat-snake GFCI protector.  And as I later learned, the 
>telco's miles-away line card.
>Oh, plus ringing ears, purple afterimages, and several pairs of shorts.
>It was one hell of a flash-bang.
>(Actually it's easier to list what _wasn't_ fried by that strike: a 
> crusty old server, a PoE access point, a PoE security camera, a cell 
> phone charger, and one light..)
>About 18 months later I figured out where it struck -- a tree about 15 
>feet from the buried phone line, about 40 feet from the house.  I only 
>figured it out because that freshly-deceased tree eventually fell
>the power line, half ripping the meter and master panel off the pole.  
>Now, I have all phone line-attached gear isolated from the rest of my 
>equipment via fiber converters.
> - Solomon
>Solomon Peachy			      pizza at shaftnet dot org (email&xmpp)
>                                     @pizza:shaftnet dot org   (matrix)
>High Springs, FL                      speachy (freenode)

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