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Re: faraday cage

Original poster: "Gerry  Reynolds" <gerryreynolds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hi Drake,

Original poster: "Drake Schutt" <drake89@xxxxxxxxx>

If i build a form out of small pvc pipe and cover it with metal screen or chicken wire, and somehow attach a fat ground connection to it will it work? Can i ground it to the same rf ground as the seconday?

Yes and yes. If you ground it to rf ground, make sure that the cage has a bottom shield so you will be at the same rf ground potential. Maybe you also want to stand on something elevated from the ground mesh and have something to hold on to that is insulated from the side mesh

How big can the mesh of the cage be?  (for a
smallish 12/30 nst powered coil)

Probably not too critical. Chicken wire with a 1 inch mesh would probably be OK (a smaller mesh would be better). Just dont get closer than a couple of inches from the mesh that is taking a hit

Also, i have to ask about these suit things. Ive seen dr. megavolt or whatever he's called and some other guy with another enormous coil wearing one, and obviously im intrigued. Do these things operated on the same principles as a faraday cage?

Yes, but they are expensive and specially made for that purpose.

I know its dangerous, but can
it really be that hard to make one for my purposes? I mean heck, i saw some obviously insane woman sitting on top of a torroid shooting lightning out her fingers on the discovery channel and she didnt have anything on!

Yes, very dangerous especially if you dont know what you are doing. She probably has a lot of experience and has an expert crew on what the field shape is in the setup.

Gerry R