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GENELEX EARTHING SWITCH, 1940's

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GENELEX EARTHING SWITCH, 1940's

Double pole lever switch, these switches were often used to protect wireless units from lightning damage. Normally the lever is thrown to connect the aerial, when the operator is finished the lever is changed over to the other side, which is connected to earth. A direct strike would not protect very much as the voltage would be high enough not only damage the aerial but also anything in the proximity of the wiring, however a near strike would send all received voltages to ground. In the case of Sheet lightning whole areas can be ionised causing the atmosphere to glow blue in colour, such strikes are generally dissipated and without the switch being set to ground certain damage would occur.

Bruce Hammond Collection

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