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by HomeBrew
Sat Jan 25, 2003 11:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: question about inverters
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: question about inverters

I have seen the RS inverters and they look a little lite in the pants to me. They have a heavy duty price, but that's about all. In my solar power supply i use a Rally 600W inverter and operate 6 60W fixtures. The inverter has a surge capacity of 1200W. I found the inverter at Wal-Mart and it's been...
by HomeBrew
Thu Jan 09, 2003 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RADIONE......
Replies: 1
Views: 643

RADIONE......

Back in the January 1994 issue of Nuts & Volts, there was an article on the Radione short wave receiver based on a Tesla design. Does anyone have any information on where to get it in kit form , of if the seller is still around. As i recall, the entire kit could be purchased for around thirty dollar...
by HomeBrew
Thu Jan 09, 2003 11:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: High Voltage
Replies: 15
Views: 3487

Re: High Voltage

My rods were about 18in. long and the arc travels to the top and jumps off. The max. length of the spark is close to an inch and quarter or so.
by HomeBrew
Sun Dec 22, 2002 11:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: High Voltage
Replies: 15
Views: 3487

Re: High Voltage

I used an old surplus neon sign transformer(10kv)and it worked very well ,with a couple of of coat-hangers that I had on hand. No. 10 or 12 guage bare copper wire also did a good job.
by HomeBrew
Sun Dec 08, 2002 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How can I charge disposable alkaline batteries?
Replies: 10
Views: 1880

Re: How can I charge disposable alkaline batteries?

You have to be very carefull when you try to re-charge any type of common Alkaline battery. They are not vented and can explode if the charging process is not controlled. At the very least,they will leak and damage your equipment. I have even seen the re-chargable RAY-O-VAC batteries leak after a fe...
by HomeBrew
Thu Oct 24, 2002 12:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Re-broadcast FM Radio?
Replies: 5
Views: 3022

Re: Re-broadcast FM Radio?

I had the same problem several years ago. I solved it with a small FM Stereo transmitter used as a repeater on an un-used part of the FM dial. In one part of the metal building we had a large window where the outside signals would come in strong. We set the transmitter up there with a center tapped ...
by HomeBrew
Fri Oct 18, 2002 1:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: capacitor types
Replies: 19
Views: 5346

Re: capacitor types

Tubes don't become leaky. The microphonic sound is caused by the tube elements becoming loose causing the effect combined with the heat from the tube. Only semiconductors become leaky.
by HomeBrew
Fri Oct 18, 2002 12:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Zapped ROM cards
Replies: 10
Views: 1994

Re: Zapped ROM cards

It's not like the service providers and equipment mfg.s didn't know this was coming. The same system failed in overseas use . It was predicted the same thing would happen here too. The old c-band videocypher system was hacked before it really got going and hackers only lost interest when DSS came al...
by HomeBrew
Tue Oct 15, 2002 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: capacitor types
Replies: 19
Views: 5346

Re: capacitor types

I agree with you Gregg..the tube amps have a sound quality that solid state amps can't match. Just the fact that there clean makes them sound a little harsh for many peoples taste. Even with filters it's hard to get a good mellow sound out of them. The tubes do have good sound.
by HomeBrew
Wed Oct 09, 2002 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1968 Bronco Temp Guage
Replies: 4
Views: 1078

Re: 1968 Bronco Temp Guage

Wayne, i had the same thing happen on my 73 MachI. The gauge tested ok as did the sending unit. My problem was the regulator which feeds pulses of current to the gauge. If it stops working,your gauge will appear dead. The sending unit just supplies a ground for the gauge,so if you have a new gauge a...
by HomeBrew
Thu Oct 03, 2002 8:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LED tail light bulbs
Replies: 11
Views: 2257

Re: LED tail light bulbs

If you could find some like they use on 18 wheelers now days your problem would be solved. We have several trailers at the place i work which now use LED tail lights and turn signals and the brightness is very good. Again, they may be a little expensive, but they look great when illuminated.
by HomeBrew
Wed Sep 18, 2002 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Basic Inductor Question
Replies: 17
Views: 3688

Re: Basic Inductor Question

Or DC circuits with AC componets(signals).
by HomeBrew
Mon Sep 16, 2002 1:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Home Energy - Generator Intertie?
Replies: 7
Views: 1484

Re: Home Energy - Generator Intertie?

The trend now is to use solar power to return power to the grid. Many people use this to make their meters run backward during the day when there at work and use little electricity. Most el-co's don't know about this so it could be a problem unless you use a auto-disconnect when the grid goes down. ...
by HomeBrew
Mon Sep 09, 2002 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caps
Replies: 21
Views: 3716

Re: Caps

A electro-static field like the one in a capacitor dilectric, is a stationary field,unlike a magnetic field, which is a moving field unless it is from a permanent source. All fields are not purely magnetic. An electro- magetic field as defined moves or changes intensity.....a static field is one tha...
by HomeBrew
Sun Sep 08, 2002 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caps
Replies: 21
Views: 3716

Re: Caps

Actually, there is not a magnetic field involved in a capacitors operation. It's an electro-static field. This field has little relationship to magnetic fields such as found in inductors. DC circuits use blocking caps. to stop a DC voltage while permitting a AC signal to pass,such as in audio circui...