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Re: [TowerTalk] Pl-259 Flash over voltage

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Pl-259 Flash over voltage
From: "Pat Barthelow" <>
Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2006 05:28:00 -0800
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>From: Jim Lux <>
>To: "K8RI on TowerTalk" 
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Pl-259 Flash over voltage
>Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 16:49:18 -0800
>You've got something akin to charging a Leyden jar with a
>electrostatic apparatus.  slow charging, fast dicharging. (actually,
>the Leyden jar discharges much faster.. very low inductance)

Ohhh the memory of my first Leyden an 12  year old, I got a Renwal 
"toy" electrostatic generator for christmas.

Holy collectible toys Batman!   see:

Harmless, high Kilovolts sparks.... sting your finger when they snap from 
the silver ball to you.  I  Read about leyden jars, wanted QRO,  made one 
from some alum foil, scotch tape,  and a small polyethelyne  ice cream 
container.  Filled the leyden  jar with electrons for 30 seconds or so.... 
was positively crackling and sizzling the air when I stopped charging it.   
KAPOW!  Knocked me on my butt....
Capacitor was about 1/4 square foot of foil, taped inside and outside  a 
1/32" polyethelyne container dielectric.   Bright flash, big bang, and 
heaviest shock, almost ever, that I've  been hit with... But it got me going 
the right path, into DC, RF, etc...

73, DX de Pat, AA6EG


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