Don’t try this at home, kids

Happy New Year, and stuff.

I found this interesting little video on Youtube recently:

That has to be a fairly high powered AM radio station to have that effect. According to the video, this is in Ukraine.

Other than generating RF burns to the hands, there is also the issue of exposure to non-ionizing radiation causing body tissue heating. Then there is the potential broadband RF interference from the arcing plant matter. This can cause interference to STL’s and other receivers.

6 thoughts on “Don’t try this at home, kids”

  1. Facinating,thanks Paul!
    For those that don’t know,these iron curtain era stations(though fewer in number these days) operate at power levels from 250 Kw right through 1 Mw and are easily received throughout Europe day and night on even the most modest receiver setups.
    Many countries have dumped AM completely which leaves quite an open window in Nordic regeion.
    These fellas (judging from their uniforms are some of our fun loving Eastern European engineers having some fun with their big toys!
    It goes to show you,when you own the grid,money is no object.

  2. Basically a diode detector with one very long cat’s whisker! I think most of us have seen this happen around AM sites if the weeds get out of hand.

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