[AMRadio] HV Wire

Bill Smith hbco2 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 22 14:50:12 EST 2006

I don't have personal experience (and don't want any), but have heard horror
stories regarding the use of coaxial cable as high voltage wire.

Short answer: Don't do it!

Use fresh cable designed for the purpose.  If you are willing to experiment
with a potentially lethal configuration, at least route the wire away from
any exposed surfaces.   If it does let go at least it won't be through you.

73 de Bill, AB6MT
hbco2 at sbcglobal.net

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jack Schmidling
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 8:39 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] HV Wire

Jim Candela wrote:

> BTW, RG-8 or RG-214 (neither foam) are routinely used in industry for
> up to 40 Kv without failure.

What is this ref to "foam" all about?

If RG-8 is good to 40 kv, one would think RG-58 would be adequate for a
few KV, no?  And a lot easier to work with.


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