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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
PostPosted: Dec Fri 08, 2017 5:54 am 
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I find that at times of extreme electromagnetic or electrostatic interference it is best to turn the attenuation of both my transmitter and receiver down to an absolute minimum, while leaving all the panel lights and meters illuminated as though the equipment was at nominal sensitivity.

Allow me to illustrate some electronic equivalencies:


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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House air is too dry.
Add a humidifier to your house or heating system... esp if it is forced hot air.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
PostPosted: Dec Fri 08, 2017 6:55 am 
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A grounded metal kick plate and several inches of mercury on the floor should do the trick. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
PostPosted: Dec Fri 08, 2017 7:22 am 
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As your wife gets up from her chair, she charges herself. We had a big problem with
CB radios from a very dry place. People getting out of cars would touch the aerial. The input
FET blew. The stage was redesigned with a neon bulb and problem stopped.

Try various different chair covers.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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When I read your post title I thought maybe she had checked into the hospital and they wouldn't let her leave. Good to hear shes just giving you static. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
PostPosted: Dec Fri 08, 2017 7:37 am 
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Kevin Kuehn wrote:
When I read your post title I thought maybe she had checked into the hospital and they wouldn't let her leave. Good to hear shes just giving you static. :shock:


That is exactly what I thought too.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
PostPosted: Dec Fri 08, 2017 3:06 pm 
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Good to hear I'm not the only one. Was in the grocery store recently
and while reaching for a can on a metal shelf threw a large and loud
arc. The stock girl who was next to me jumped and asked if I was OK!

I'm in the habit of holding keys in one hand to discharge myself
but sometimes forget. It can be quite painful.

Suspect the problem is caused by thick, dry skin.
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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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Now for a somewhat more serious answer. This is a standard problem when dealing with semiconductor product manufacturing and testing. People actually wear wrist straps while handling equipment. But as a backup safety they often resort to heel straps attached to their shoes.

https://www.google.com/search?q=anti+st ... 80&bih=980

Not as funny as the ball and chain, but maybe effective in some circumstances.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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The heel straps will not help if you walk on carpet, charged up, over to a metal
doorknob.

Something to play with is a glass lcd element , like out of a meter. The segments
can be made to darken if a static charge is applied to the right contacts.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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A metal thimble will do the trick as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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At least you don't have this problem! :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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I have a similar problem. My last car had tires or seat covers that caused the problem year round. Even in a rain storm I might get a shock.

What I have found to eliminate the shock is to hold a metal object and let use that to discharge. The increased surface area of contact means that not enough current flows thru a nerve to cause pain. Holding a quarter is usually enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Discharging My Wife . . .
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Dennis H. wrote:
I have a similar problem. My last car had tires or seat covers that caused the problem year round. Even in a rain storm I might get a shock.
Then NEVER get into and out of your car WHILE refueling and then grab the filler nozzle. :shock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuZxFL9cGkI

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