Re: Spark Gap Idea
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 1997 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: Spark Gap Idea
In a message dated 97-06-25 10:12:44 EDT, you write:
<< Thanks for the warning...I probally need it! I know its not a good idea
> to mess around with the HV when the coil is running but I am using a
> insulated screwdriver; It has about a foot of fiberglass and the blade
> stuck into the end is less than 1/4" deep. I also make sure I am well
> insulated and only have one hand anywhere near the HV. I guess I should
> have been more precise in my orginal post but I was just assuming that
> an insulated handle would be standard procedure working with any HV..
> Jim >>
Hello all ---
reading this brings back memories -------------------
I had used similar tools & procedures to tune the tank ckt.
of a 4-1000 amp. in my ham days , with no problems ---
then one morning --- I wondered what happened as I
picked my butt up off the floor ------ I noticed the tool
was charred ---- (as well as my finger ) --- the power was not
R.F. --- it was abt 6 KV D.C. ----- I failed to observe that
each time I used the "insulated" tool ---- I left a bit of
palm sweat (salt) on the handle ---- OUCH !
Let us not forget Murphy ---