[AMRadio] Fuse advice

Bob Macklin macklinbob at msn.com
Wed May 28 12:48:00 EDT 2008

When I was in Korea in 1953 we did not have conventional fuses in our
Quonset hut. We had terminals and we wrapped "FUSE WIRE" between the
terminals. This wire was like solder with out the rosin! (Yes we did try
soldering with it. It did not work). The wire had an amperage rating and we
multiplied that rating by the number of amps we had to handle.

See if you can find "FUSE WIRE"!

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa,
"Real Radios Glow in the Dark"
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "rbethman" <rbethman at comcast.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Cc: "Rick" <rickb at tx.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Fuse advice

> Ken,
> I have to speak up AND out *AGAINST* this methodology!
> A 4" piece of wire that parts somewhere in its length MAY very well
> DEVELOP an arc to some point of ground!
> I saw just this happen when a fuse failed on a piece of equipment.  My
> supervisor, being an EE, decided to replace the fuse element with
> "supposedly" an appropriate gauge wire in the fuse body.
> A WHOLE lot of damaged was done to the equipment, and people were
> needlessly put in danger.
> Rick,
> The value, coupled with the physical size of this fuse, tells me it HAS
> to be available.  The reason being is that it is one that would
> "normally" be used in power generation for instrumentation either in a
> PT, (Potential Transformer for voltmeter), or CT, (current transformer
> for ammeter).
> HV fuses - 2.5 KV and up - that are encapsulated in an insulated closed
> housing "usually" have a compound similar to sand.  This is used to
> quench the arc that develops when the fuse "link" opens.
> Bob - N0DGN
> kenw2dtc wrote:
> > "As much as I'd love to keep this original I see I will have to use
> > something else here.  Any ideas?"
> >
> > Rick,
> >
> > I use magnet wire for short circuit protection.  Check photo #8:
> >
> > http://w2dtc.com/w2dtc-hv-power-supply-page.htm
> >
> > 73,
> > Ken W2DTC
> >
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