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Subject: [Amps] door knob capacitors
From: Rob Atkinson <>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:58:39 -0600
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You don't want to use doorknobs as loading caps especially on 160.
they won't handle the current.  Learned that the hard way.

When I knew less than I do now (which still isn't much) I used a
Centralab doorknob as a loading cap, not knowing that the current on
160 would kill it.  Life was good...for a while.  then one night
working a guy on 1880 running around 300 w. carrier, the linearity
went south--the trapezoid had that rounded off look you get when the
loading goes to pot.

Use a 1 mhz transmitting mica or two that can handle a few amps at 4 or 5 KV.


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