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[Here is a circuit for an Ioniser from Peter, M0/SV3AUW.

Mains and very high voltages are involved in this project. If you (or others) think this is beyond you, please heed the warning at the end of the article. The author or SARC will not be held responsible for your actions.]
Good morning, Dear Members of the Southgate Amateur Radio Club! Many years ago when I stopped doing TV repairs, I found on my shelf, among other things, plenty of 0.01f/1000V capacitors and 1N4005 diodes. Well, I made an air ionizer with them! As you can see from fig.1 the circuit is a voltage multiplier with a high value resistor at the end. You can use any kind of capacitors (mica, polyester, paper) and the diodes dont have to be high voltage. See the pictures to get an idea of a possible method of construction. Be sensible at the mains end and use appropriate connectors and means of securing the cable. The pictures only show the multiplier bit of the device which consists of 30 0.01 Fcapacitors, 30 1N4005 diodes and a 2M2 resistor.

For safety, the circuit could be enclosed in a length of square section plastic cable channel fashioned into a long thin box with closed ends but with a hole for the mains lead and a small hole at the resistor end. The final resistor should terminate in a sharp point and be recessed in a small tube made from e.g. a short length of an old ball-point pen barrel so that prying fingers could not touch it. Pros: Very cheap and easy construction. Cons: It attracts fine particles of dust so it messes up the place where we put it. (And the XYL messes with us!!!) 73 de M0/SV3AUW

[SAFETY NOTE: If you are not good at construction or handling mains voltages, do not attempt this project ..Ed.]
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