I haven't read all the posts, but wonder...
My electronics teacher described a dragon loop to put in Coax coming down from the antenna, basically lay the coax on the ground for a foot so any discharge goes to ground and not follow the coax into the radio shack. I would think that rings that prevent rain from turning your whoopies into conductors, could also have a small light wire attached that drags to the ground. It might just prevent a current from coming through you if a nearby strike occurs.
Just a guess, but it's got me thinking I'll be buying some rep rings!
Does a wet tarp become a faraday cage?