The static wicks on Aircraft are of 2 types Non-jet they are wicks of carbon
fiber material about 3/8 X3 to 4" in length 3 or 4 at wing tips,top of
rudder and ends os stablizers. On jet/Turbo's they are barbed metal stactic
arrestors about 4" long with very sharp barbs and very thin, plus they have
a conductive material built onto them to help get rid of the potential.
Tom Rauch wrote:
> > > 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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