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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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"[...]an incandescent lamp attached to nothing but a coil wound antenna, which was lit up by a transmitter [...]"

A neon bulb held near an HF transmitter will also light without contact. In amateur radio circles it was reckoned that a nice red glow was a good sign. If there were purple tinges then there were possibly parasitic oscillations that needed to be cured.

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