Moderator: Captain Ned
chuckula wrote:The most primitive spark gap radios operated on similar principles.
Chuckaluphagus wrote:Nope, I'm not wearing a tin foil hat, but I am having a confounding audio experience.
As I'm petting my cat here next to my desk, I'm producing static discharge from my hand to her ear every time I bring my hand back up to pet her again. And every time the static zap happens, I feel it in my hand and my speakers go "pop".
To be clear, my cat is not part of the audio setup. She's not even in contact with any part of the audio setup. She is sitting on an ottoman that's right up against the wooden table upon which the stereo receiver sits, and the distance between them is only about 10 inches (25 cm), but ... seriously?
I figure my cat isn't really transmitting, but that instead I have a really, really weird antenna being formed somewhere in the web of cables and speaker wire that currently connect my desktop and laptop computers to the same receiver, and I'm picking up the radio noise of the static zap. I just moved my entire office around a few months ago, and therefore also redid the whole audio setup, but this is the first time I've encountered this phenomenon here or elsewhere. My cat seems blasé about the whole thing, of course.