[AMRadio] Shorting stick

Alan Cohen acohen at texas.net
Fri Jun 2 15:15:24 EDT 2006

A resistor is considerably less reliable than a piece of heavy gauge  
wire or braid connected directly to ground.  You use the shorting  
stick as a safeguard after everything is supposedly made safe.  If  
it's not really safe, then you live to tell the story about the big  
bang and the blinding flash you saw when you hit the HV with the  
stick.  Much better than having others tell the tale of you going out  
in a big bang and a blinding flash.


On Jun 2, 2006, at 3:04 PM, Jim Wilhite wrote:

> True, but should something be wrong with the meter following a  
> disaster, it might not show a charge.  What an arc would be drawn  
> if 3 KV remained somewhere and you gave it a direct short.
> I have always seen a high value resistor in these things.
> 73   Jim
> W5JO
>> If you do things right,
>> Power Down,
>> Watch the HV meters fall down,
>> Then - Apply the shorting stick,
>> There won't be an arc.
>> WA5BXO, John
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