> > In medical studies using subjective data, 50% of participants report
> > feeling a "cure" or positive effect when given a sugar pill. Why
> > should radio be any different?
> In the first place, static wicks were developed to bleed any charge
> developing, not to prevent it.
On airplanes. It takes a big wick to discharge the earth to a cloud.
>An improper path to ground OR the
> absense of an area of lower potential renders them useless.
A non-conductive path to the charged cloud renders them useless,
because they can't discharge the cloud to earth.
You'd be VERY hard pressed to create a poor path to earth, not even
if you used a thin nichrome wire 1000 feet long connected to a single
two foot ground rod, for support of corona.
As a matter of fact, WOODEN sailing ships with wooden masts and hemp
guy ropes commonly had St. Elmos fire from the mast ends.
> Not if I understand you, the next time I have trouble hearing the 9M6
> on 160, all I have to do is pop a sugar pill?
No, sugar pills are for colds. Oatmeal is for CW DX. This is the
truth.....hard as it is to swallow:
I ate oatmeal only two times in the last few months, and both days
heard the 9M6. Today I ate Honey Combs, and only worked one VK and
one ZL on 160, and could hardly copy them through the noise. DX
receiving is always better when I eat a warm breakfast with hot coco.
That is a fact!
If you read back in this thread, half the people report one result
and half the people report another exactly *opposite* result for the
very same device or system change. That's how companies manage to
sell non-sense junk like split-fire spark plugs, magnets that
increase fuel mileage, and why people absolutely swear by certain
forms of medical quackery (like magnets).
73, Tom W8JI
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