[AMRadio] Shorting stick

Larry Will lhwill at verizon.net
Fri Jun 2 17:58:42 EDT 2006

But thats dangerous in itself.  The resistor could open and wala no 
ground and worse you would never know it.  All RCA rigs (and I worked 
with klystrons at 20 to 32 kw and PS of 10 amp capable had direct 
hard wire shorting sticks with flex welding cable like ground wire in 
clear tubing easily inspected and they just do not fail.
No resistors for sure.  All this before the modern lock out tag out 
circuits now in regular use.

Then there is the shorting test we did regularly to confirm operation 
of the thyratrons (or gas arcs) to shut off the primary before too 
many joules got to the tube.  Hardly a spark at 20 kV with the TX running!

Larry W3LW

At 03:04 PM 6/2/2006, you 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
>>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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