Surge Protection for
Wireless Radio Communication Sites


Today’s increased reliance on very sensitive electronics makes surge protection an important topic for Telecommunication. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety study found that $26 billion dollars was lost due to non-lightning power surges. In addition, there are about 25 million lightning strikes in the US each year that cause between $650M to $1B in losses according to the Insurance Information Institute, State Farm©.

This article discusses the various types of Wireless Radio Communication configurations to help you develop a comprehensive surge mitigation strategy. Each section will provide a recommendation on exactly which protector to use for your equipment and where to install these Surge Protective Devices for Wireless Radio Communication.

Emergency Power | Base Station | Remote Radio Head

Surge Threats

The electronic equipment to build out wireless networks, include Conventional Cell Towers, Remote Radio Head (RRH) units at the top of cell towers, Distributed Antenna Systems(DAS) and Small cell-5G deployments are extremely susceptible to the destruction caused by lighting strikes and other sources of electrical surges. It is important to properly protect this sensitive electronic equipment with surge protection.

The use of surge protection on radio and televison equipment is also covered within the NEC. Article 810.6, Antenna Lead-In Protectors, requires a UL497E Listed surge protector.

Protection Point : Recommended SPD for Emergency Power

LocationEquipmentSystemSurge Protector Model #Link
Automatic Transfer Switch Line Side120/208Vac MDS600E-120Y MDS750E-480D

Automatic Transfer Switch Load Side120/208Vac MS100-120Y

Automatic Transfer Switch Line Side Genset120/208Vac MS200-120Y
Genset Line Side120/208Vac${ITEM_LINK#1505161}<-No Item, #1505161 M50-120Y-A${ITEM_LINK#1505161}<-No Item, #1505161 M50-A

Genset Relay Starter24Vdc DS220S-24DC DS220S-24DC

Genset Battery Charge Controller120VacDS240S-120/G

Protection Point : Recommended SPD for Base Station

LocationEquipmentSystemSurge Protector Model #Link
Main-Panel Main Panel120/208Vac MS100-120Y

AC input120/208Vac DS74US-120Y
HVAC120/208Vac DS74US-120Y
Power-Cabinet-AC DC-DC Converter400Vdc DS240S-350DC DS220S-24DC

DC Power Output48Vdc DS230S-48DC DS220S-24DC
Battery Backup48Vdc DS230S-48DC DS220S-24DC

Baseband UnitEthernet Ports MJ8-C6A MJ8-C6A

Baseband UnitRS-485 DLA-12D3 DLA-24D3
Network SwitchEthernet MJ8-C6A MJ8-C6A

Protection Point : Recommended SPD for Remote Radio Head

LocationEquipmentSystemSurge Protector Model #Link
RadioRF Coaxial P8AX09-6G-N/FF P8AX09-6G-N-FF
AntennaRF Coaxial P8AX09-6G-N/FF P8AX09-6G-N-FF

RRHRF Coaxial P8AX09-6G-N/FF P8AX09-6G-N-FF

DC Power48Vdc DS230S-48DC DS220S-24DC

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