This following is a myth.

“JACK/PLUG – In electronics, a jack is a female part into which one inserts a plug, the male part.”

While often the case, the real definition is the jack is the more fixed of a connector pair and the plug is the less fixed connector of the same pair. Where two connectors are neither less or more fixed with respect to each other, both are a plug.

This was quite sensibly defined most recently in the IEEE-200-1975 standard. This standard was renewed in the 1980s and withdrawn in the 1990s. Even so it and IEEE-315-1975 form the basis on how to create reference designators in and around electrical equipment.

Well not really attracts lightning, but certainly allows for more pickup of lightning energy.

Last night on our Sunday Night Tech Net (Fauquier County, VA Repeater) a fellow named Bob brought up the topic of proper grounding for his upcoming coax fed 40 meter antenna. During the discussion about common ground points and other relating lightning protection possibilities, he recalled a story.

Seems , once upon a time, Bob installed some 120 Vac yard lighting around his property. The lighting worked quite well, but Bob immediately correlated a rise in damage to devices plugged into the ac power in his house with the installation of this yard lighting.

For those of you building Elecraft Kits like the K2, KX1, etc. you should consider using these lead bending tools to form your components perfectly.

Speedy Bend Lead Formers

It took a little while to locate a source, but I finally found and purchased a set from Production Devices in California.  They are called “Speedy Bend.”

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For you beginners wondering about what static electricity is or for you folks who already do know, take a ride in the way back machine and watch this old government video. While a little long in the tooth it does a terrific job explaining and demonstrating various examples of static electricity.

The Amazing Power of Static Electricity

This video was made back when the English language was spoken good… ah I mean well.

This is well worth the twenty minute length.