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Re: An Electrolytic ground plane
Original poster: Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-twfpowerelectronics-dot-com>
Just like in high voltage transmission lines, the voltage is very high but
the current is low. Thus, a bunch of resistance in your ground plane is
not going to matter much. Wet dirt is far overkill!!!
Search the web of the term "counterpoise tesla". Radial wires give a very
good ground plane while avoiding circular eddy currents that may steal
power from the primary coil.
At 03:06 PM 7/9/2004, you wrote:
>After some thought regarding this DeoxIt and conversations with some
>advanced coilers, I've been forced to start from scratch and need some
>advise on constructing the best possible electrolytic rf ground
>plane. I've got an 8 foot copper clad rod driven into the ground about 4
>feet from the coil in question. I do soak the area with water and Bob
>Svangren suggested digging around the rod and burying rock salt which will
>leach further down into the soil. Are there any metallic salts or ???
>that will be more effective than rock salt? If I can figure out how to
>transport a few 8 foot ground rods in my Jag I'm going to add two more
>this weekend and will solder them together with wide strips of cu or 1/2"
>Here's another real basic question that I'm remiss in not knowing but what
>is the best test to determine the 'quality' of said ground plane? Only
>after this tested 'upgrade' can I then feel comfortable in testing the DeoxIt.