[aprssig] Bob WB4APR Shows Off His "Solar Prius"

Rick Green rtg at aapsc.com
Sat Feb 7 00:35:06 CST 2009

On Fri, 6 Feb 2009, Robert Bruninga wrote:

> But of course.  What else am I going to do with all that energy
> I am saving and not sending to the Bin Laden's. ... Actually
> it’s the guts from a bug-zapper, but no matter how I adjust the
> wires, the arc won't climb... It kind-of jumps around, but won't
> climb.  But then it’s a small arc.   Can only jump about 1/8th
> inch or less.  And I think it has a thermal cut out or
> something, because it will only arc a few seconds and then long
> periods of silence.
   I think bug zappers rely on capacitive discharge for a quick zap, and 
they actually are designed to quench the arc quickly.  You just need to 
kill the bug, not cook it, afterall.
   Use a high-voltage neon sign transformer instead.  They're designed to 
maintain a high-voltage, low-current arc.  Just what you need.

Rick Green, N8BJX

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