[aprssig] Bob WB4APR Shows Off His "Solar Prius"
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
> its 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 its 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
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our
safety and our ideals."
-President Barack Obama 20 Jan 2009
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