[CQ-Contest] spider balls

K3BU at aol.com K3BU at aol.com
Thu Jul 29 15:30:56 EDT 2004

In a message dated 7/29/04 8:13:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time, k1ttt at arrl.net 
static and corona do not make 'metal glob's.  at worst the corona will
create ozone which can cause accelerated rusting or corrosion/pitting of
metals.  globs are formed by heat, as in lightning strikes.

Globs are also made by (heat generating) continuous arcing, which could be 
charge bleeding or corona caused by excessive charge arcing/streaming at the 
tips. (See 80m mobile antenna tips vaporized/blobed/melted, heated and burned off 
by corona). Done it with 500W, had to tape the silver spoon to add 
capacitance and prevent the corona (not beer :-).
Lightning strikes would vaporize, melt away poor wires.

Yuri, www.K3BU.us
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