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: Hi Bert, Check out this youtube video:
: These same Russian guys have several videos using different voltage
: powerlines. This one is 500kV and the deep sound must be 50 cycles. I
: think they are using some kind of little machine to launch a small wire
: across various powerlines and recording the resulting arcs.
: This one is a loaded 500kV line, and the arc is obviously full load! You
: can hear the echoes for quite sometime. Any idea of what is going on here?
: Hi Fred,
: Yeah - I've nicknamed this pair of geniuses as "Dumb and
: Dumber", and have been watching examples of their exploits for a
: while now. They use a weighted object to drape a non-conductive
: weed-wacker line over one phase of a HV transmission line. They then tie
: one end of the weed wacker line to a length of copper wire. They connect
: the other end of the wire to a metal stake that they've pounded into the
: ground below. Then all they need to do is pull the loose end of the wire
: upwards to the HV phase until it flashes over. The resulting ground fault
: current either melts the wire and causes a briefly arcing fault (on lower
: voltage lines) or it explosively vaporizes the wire (as on the 500 kV
: line). If they got caught doing something like this over here, they'd be
: doing a stint in a Federal detention facility. I suspect the same thing
: would be true in Russia as well. Just hope we don't get any copy cats over
: here. These idiots are genuine candidates for the Darwin Award.