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Brock

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Ya Darell, it should charge while your stopped, it would run so much further that way
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Although, on a similar note if you string about a 1/8 mile of wire out (up off the ground) and then connect it to the + on a battery it will charge the battery. The - side is connected to an earth ground. The longer the wire the more power. It is a really small amount, don't know the specifics. The problem is if you have a storm come through your batteries get fried by lightning. Apparently Ham radio guys know this from their antennas.

Ted try it out and let me know how to build it
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Darell

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Originally posted by Brock:
Apparently Ham radio guys know this from their antennas.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yeah, but us HAM guys know to ground the antenna!

Heck, you can just leave a battery in the sun and it'll juice up an insignificant amount. I wonder if I can figure out how to market THAT useless amount of power generation....
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Albany Tom

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Originally posted by darell:
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by Brock:
Apparently Ham radio guys know this from their antennas.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yeah, but us HAM guys know to ground the antenna!

Heck, you can just leave a battery in the sun and it'll juice up an insignificant amount. I wonder if I can figure out how to market THAT useless amount of power generation....
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</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Uh oh. Now I'm wondering how they're going to tax sunshine. NY and CA are pretty equal in that respect.

So guess which ham just put a deposit on an apartment with low probability of having external antennas?
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But it's out in the middle of nowhere, so a good place to try lights.
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Darell

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External antennas are illegal here too. I just painted my 6' dualband stick the same color as my house and bolted it up to my chimeny. Nobody has noticed so far. Color match goes a long way to hide stuff. And nobody looks at the roof much anyway. Now if you're putting up one of those huge LW rigs.... yikes.
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**DONOTDELETE**

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it does seem a shame we can't get a single amp hour out of an entire lightning strike!..?
I know the AGM batteries can take a massive amount of current 'cause they don't gas, but where do I order the 1,000,000 / 12 volts mppt?
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Albany Tom

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I hate to do this, but here's a back to reality thought: Using lightning for energy is actually a really weird, probably inefficient, form of wind power.

On the antennas, I'm hoping to create a Diamond X-50 American Flag.
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Or I might just paint it 'air force low visibility blue', and hope nobody notices.
 

Brock

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LOL (picturing Darell driving the "Back to the Future" car with the lighting rod).

So True Ted. Actually during a recent lightning storm I put my fluke meter on my solar panels and it would just up when the lightning flashed. I have yet to get any power even from a full moon though, I have heard people with really big arrays get an amp or two.
 

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