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#220986 09/25/20 03:07 PM
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Been patented for 5 years but thankfully no one has manufactured it https://www.mikeholt.com/newsletters.php?action=display&letterID=2223&email=bwinkle4@cox.net#comments

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This also assumes nobody swapped the white and black along the way. The scary thing about that is your 3 light tester would say it was fine but the case of your drill would have 120v on it.


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Originally Posted by gfretwell
This also assumes nobody swapped the white and black along the way. The scary thing about that is your 3 light tester would say it was fine but the case of your drill would have 120v on it.

I hadn't thought about that scenario, and we see it a lot. It reminds me of the electronics kit I had when I was a kid, it came with a radio antenna wire that had a blade on the end to plug into the neutral slot of a receptacle and use the building wiring for an antenna. The blade would only fit the wide slot on a polarized receptacle. I think about that a lot, what could have happened had someone mis-wired the receptacle. The kits were marketed to young electronics minded kids and students.

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I always used the center screw on the cover, using the EGC. Back in the analog TV days you could get a decent picture on a TV with that.
Later I strung a long wire antenna to a post we installed behind the house. I wired it to my "All American" tube radio for AM DX'ing.
I would be scared to do that here because of lightning. It was pretty cool though for a kid. On a clear winter night I could get radio stations from a thousand miles away.


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Yep I would listen to AM radio from Tucson, KOMA in OK City, WLS in Chicago. I believe KOMA was 50,000 watts. Then there were the mega watt stations South of the border. I listened to the one in Monterrey a lot.
I had a 50 foot wire stretched across the roof and a little 9 volt Toshiba shortwave and I would sit on the roof at night and listen to the whole world.

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Those 50KW clear channel stations were pretty easy. The trick was getting one that was more like 15-25KW and not stepped on by another station.


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