[AMRadio] Stock or modify? BC rig "value" -- Shorting Sticks

Rick Brashear rickbras at airmail.net
Thu Jun 1 15:37:40 EDT 2006

Speaking of "shorting sticks", I saw one a while back on the e-place, 
but didn't seriously bid on it.  Can one of you guys enlighten me as to 
the best material to use for the insulator and about how long to make it?


> Not only is a shorting stick not a bad idea, not using one is a  
> terrible idea.  As someone who has spent many hours working on high  
> power transmitters, I would NEVER touch anything inside a transmitter  
> without first touching it with a shorting stick.  When I do not have  
> a proper shorting stick available, I connect a grounded wire to a  
> well insulated screw driver and use that as a makeshift shorting  
> stick.  There is are no allowable exceptions to the shorting stick  
> rule, as far as I am concerned.
> Never rely on meters, pilot lamps or switch positions to tell you if  
> HV is present.  Switches can short and pilot lights can burn out.   
> I've seen at least one high power uplink amplifier where the  
> designers used the bleeder resistor as part of the meter multiplier  
> string.  An open bleeder meant zero HV on the meter but possibly a  
> full charge on the filter caps.  In that situation a shorting stick  
> could be the difference between life and death.  Never, ever, touch  
> anything inside of a high power transmitter without using a stick.   
> Period!
> Alan

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