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awesome little radio!
Thanks for looking! and the kind words. Keep the working radios working is my motto.
should be fine, but it can send a charge threw the house current and zap things connected to the same circuit in your house ):
I called it cheap because I scavenged most of my parts like the motor, wood base, pipe, and anything else from the junk pile. The sphere and rollers being the most pricy parts. The belt can be made from vinyl covered fabric from an old shower curtain. I guess if you don't have a junk pile it could cost a little more, or you could power it with an old thrift shop drill (3$) or a sewing machine(10$)....
This one throws 12" sparks at low current, the base is considered ground or minus and the sphere is positive. if they are to close you cant get any charge built up. So you need at least 2x the height as the sphere diameter, this will give you a chance to develop a charge.
Odd, try running it in total darkness, it sounds like you have a High voltage leak. You will see the leak as blue light streaming off of it. It would help is you posted pictures of your build...
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