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Default lightning strike damage

On Wednesday, 21 April 2021 at 08:34:55 UTC+1, SH wrote:
On 21/04/2021 00:09, whisky-dave wrote:
On Tuesday, 20 April 2021 at 23:27:45 UTC+1, SH wrote:
On 20/04/2021 23:05, whisky-dave wrote:
while I remember, I said I'd post these previously.

any piccys of the point at which the lightning made contact? (I presume
the TV aerial?)

well I wasn't getting on the roof !, but no the phono connector on the aerial lead blew off and
the pin had embedded itself in the carpet leaving a burn mark. photos 2&3
According to 6 or so neighbours/ virginmedia engineers the lightning struck the outside cable box serving a few houses
and there was a few virginmedia guys outside replacing customer TiVos, didn't seem to affect the telephone system
or the mains CU unit box.

Hmmmm as I understood it, the VM cabinets are on the pavements, You'd
think teh lighting strike would be more likely to strike a TV aerial or
Satellite dish than a VM roadside cabinet?

According to the engineers it hit the VM cabinet which is why the TiVo boxes needed replaying.
Maybe it went through the earth and up through the aerial as lightning sometimes goes up and not always down.
This could explain why the fuse in the TV plug vapourised .
The TV aerial still worked after the event although the copper sheath was discloured and a little brittle.

My internet is coincidentally fibre to the hope product so I have some
"insulation" should the telecoms structure gets hit. (we use internet
for TV viewing like netwflix, disney, iplayer ITV hub etc)

Not sure if mine is cable or fibre the connector to the TiVo box has a central copper conductor.
internet VM I get 200Mb down 20Mb up.