Video of me sparking the copper tube antenna

March 6, 2011 at 11:11 am 6 comments

So the other day I sparked my copper tube based antenna and recorded the results.

First off, here’s the video of me sparking it:

To do a preliminary test, I went down to the power meters outside and checked how fast the discs in the center were spinning, corresponding to how much power was being used. Faster = more power. Slower = less power. The idea was that if the discs slowed down after the antenna started up, then all other things being equal, the antenna should be providing some power, reducing the power intake from the power company, and thus slowing down the spin rate of the discs at the power meters.

Here’s the video of the power meters before sparking the antenna:

and here’s the video of the power meters after sparking the antenna:

As you can see, the power meter on the right actually spins nearly twice as fast after sparking the antenna, opposite to the results I would have hoped for. Antenna connection aside, this speedup would normally happen because some device inside the house turned on at some point between the creation of the two videos and so more power was then being used.

It’d be nice to isolate the variables and take out things like random device turning on and off and messing with the results. Also some way of measuring power draw, electromagnetic radiation, and even the power bill would be better ways of measuring the effectiveness of this device. For now, this was the first measurement tool I had at hand. 🙂


Entry filed under: Completed Antenna, Experimentation.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fred  |  March 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    One thing that just came to mind about the whole thing is, that it really is mostly about the fun in the experimenting process, not a instantly usable result on the first (proverbial) try. Really enjoyed watching your collective documenting of the process. Keep it up 🙂

  • 2. plumbing supplies  |  March 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve been reading articles on this site and what’s admirable is the patience that it takes to conclude and collect datas from the trials. Thanks for the recommendations made precise and accurate for the readers. I’ll take down the tips for house use. GOOD JOB!

  • 3. H2O  |  June 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Love the water in a metal pot for a fire extinguisher. Dude stay alive and god bless you. Thanks for the effort.

  • 4. 7imix  |  June 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Yeah hooking this up to 60hz ac isn’t really a good idea 🙂 Higher frequencies and much, much lower currents are my intuition.

    Be safe.

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  • 6. Gert  |  March 19, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Incredibly well documented. Huge respect amd admiration for your efforts and tenacity. This being March 2017, I’ve noticed the videos appear deleted?? Where are you at in the process ?


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