Re: Idea for a ground..
Subject: Re: Idea for a ground..
From: rob-at-atitech.ca (Rob Bicevskis)
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 1995 15:26:49 -0500
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Since a Tesla coil can be thought of as an antenna (?), - or more
specifically as a 1/4 wave vertical - wouldn't it be almost as effective
to just use a metal sheet under the coil as a ground plane?
One could approximate this with just radial wires - or use a mat of
link fence or 'chicken' fence.
By the way, I have never connected the 'bottom' of my secondary to
earth ground - just to the bottom of the primary - which goes directly
to one side of the transformer - so it is 'floating.' Any comments
on this practice??? (This is a 2 KVA system - (secondary is a 4" diam by
1 meter long coil.) currently throwing 1 meter long sparks.)