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Re: living room lights don't work!!
Original poster: Ed Phillips <evp-at-pacbell-dot-net>
"I'd doubt that running the coil would cause a short in the line, I've
this problem before when I was running my SSTC in the house, it caused
GFIs to trip, and I went INSANE trying to find the problem, when I
ruled it out when I saw the little yellow light on the GFI, indicating
Not sure about the first part of that. I suspect that if a hot
streamer were to connect itself to closely-spaced AC conductors it could
start an arc which would be fed by the power line and result in melted
copper if the breaker didn't go first. I recall a couple of articles
from QST magazine way back in "the good old spark days" reporting where
"kick-back" (coupling from the transmitter output) into the power line
caused "power arcs" to start in light sockets with resulting melted
brass and blown fuses (this was ~1921).
P.S. With regard to the lights, did the author try simply doing some
"signal tracing" with his VM to see where the line was open?