[AMRadio] ground sticks again

Donald Chester k4kyv at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 5 00:25:25 EDT 2006

>Grounding capacitors can be unfriendly, but lifesaving in the longer term.

Not only unfriendly, but it can ruin the capacitors with excessive 
instantaneous current surges.  Better to first discharge through a  
resistance to limit the discharging current, then apply the "coup de grace" 
by shorting  directly.

Large oil-filled transmitting capacitors are expensive and hard to find.  
Like tubes, we need to take extra precautions to preserve them as long as 
possible.  I suspect that with the advent of solid state equipment and lower 
operating voltages, that HV capacitors in a  few years will be as hard to 
find as most transmitting triodes are today.

Don k4kyv

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