[AMRadio] HV Wire

Gary Schafer garyschafer at comcast.net
Fri Dec 22 20:27:26 EST 2006

Coax works fine for HV leads. I have an 813 amp with around 2500 volts that
I have had a piece of rg58 on for years.

I have a commercial lab 15Kv supply that has a modified pl259 and rg8 cable
coming out of it.
Ground the shield and if it should arc it will only arc to ground.

Gary  K4FMX

> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net [mailto:amradio-
> bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Mike Sawyer
> Sent: Friday, December 22, 2006 3:16 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] HV Wire
> I'm with Bill on this one. Braided copper can be purchased as a sheath for
> HV lines. Coax, you really don't have a good idea of what the insides look
> like.
> Mod-U-Lator,
> Mike(y)
> 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
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