At first I thought that maybe using two relays would solve this, but I'm not so sure and don't see a way around having the voltage supplied all the time. How long do you think a 9 volt battery would last being connected to the coil all the time?Monitoring an unpowered ground is a bit unique and will somehow require power to signal a change of status. Interesting and intriguing problem.
That's a good question which I will test later. I'm mainly concerned to just have some sort of a working circuit for now.My question would be survivability when the static collector grounds a discharge and the ground loss detector is exposed to the discharge?
The circuit I'm looking for has nothing to do with lightning. While I am using a lightning rod for ground, I am simply looking for a simple way to monitor the continuity between the rod, and the other end of the wire connected to the rod. If there is a break in that wire, the buzzer goes off.I'm only guessing but if you hook a monitor up to a system that let's you know it's lighting in a storm it would be going off every few seconds.
That is essentially what I suggested, just that one end is at the grounded point."
Why not use two wires with each end connected to different points on the rod. The two wires at the other end could be used to monitor for a break in the circuit.
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