Old_Zircon This is even better than the guy I used to know who would use the transformers from microwaves to build EMP devices and then enter regional "robot war" type events with robots based on simple, repetitive motions controlled by analog electronics. They'd roll out, the EMP would go off, the other robot's firmware would be fried, and then his robot would flail around until it either won or he got kicked out.
I never saw it go down because by the time I met him he was banned from pretty much every robot event in New England.
oddeye Not sure if I would be proud of being too hardcore for "Robo-Romper-Stomper '98" or crushingly depressed by that.
Oscar Wildcat This just underscores the fact that commercial microwave ovens have such a long wavelength that it's practically impossible to make a good beam weapon.
Protip : Overvolt the magnetrons. They're cheap, what do you care? I burn my magnetrons at both ends....