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

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 7 22:33:30 UTC 2009

--- Rick Green wrote that:

> --- Robert Bruninga wrote:
> > ... it’s the guts from a bug-zapper, but no matter how I
> > adjust the wires, the arc won't climb... 

>   I think bug zappers rely on capacitive discharge...
>   Use a high-voltage neon sign transformer instead. 

  Try an (8" cube) Oil furnace ignition transformer (mother-in-law upgraded to gas).  It'll set fire to paper in the path!  It's not accessable right now (being held hostage in an undisclosed location in "studio-B"), but if I recall, the plate said 10kV.  10ma.  That's up to 100W in the arc.  Easily rose 2 feet. in a 2" plastic tube.  However the #12 wires got hot enough to melt into the tube at the top where they touc ithed.

  It must generate enough *heat* in the arc so the ionized path moves upward.

73, Steve, K9DCI
You know that sea of entropy we were going to drown in?  Well, upon closer examination, it turned out to be ignorance.  S. Noskowicz 1987


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