[AMRadio] Dow Key

Rick Brashear rickbras at airmail.net
Sat Sep 16 17:57:39 EDT 2006

Okay... maybe I missed something the day they taught magnetism.  I have 
a Dow Key that sometimes stays energized with the source completely 
removed.  Not every time but sometimes.  It has a 115 vac coil and 
nothing else.  No capacitor across it, no nothing.  It's as if the coil 
is acting as a capacitor and retaining enough of the 115 vac to keep the 
armature of the relay engaged.  I haven't left it to see how long it 
would stay engaged, but it's over 15 seconds.  Once I manually remove 
the armature from the magnet it will not stick back nor is there any 
magnetism in the coil.  I thought maybe it was just sticking inside the 
Dow Key, not so, I took it off, removed the porcelain plunger tip to 
prevent it from even touching the contacts, it still does it.  I know a 
coil of wire can maintain a charge for a period, but this is too long.  
Obviously, something is amiss in the coil, but I don't know what.  Any 
ideas?  Am I overlooking a simple explanation?


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