Re: stepped leaders

>>From MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nzSun Aug 25 21:56:52 1996
>Date: Mon, 26 Aug 1996 12:41:18 +1200
>From: Malcolm Watts <MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz>
>To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
>Subject: Re: stepped leaders

Malcolm wrote:
>Hi Robert, Jim, all,
>                     Just to elaborate on a couple of points....
I wrote:
>> I have to tell you, and remind the audience, that you have had a
>> distinct advantage over most of the rest of us in your ability to
>> actually 'scope' waveforms pertaining to coil operation.  I have
>> gotten to where I am now mainly,  by mental visualization and then
>> tuning the design for the biggest arcs.

Malcolm wrote:
>     Just like to say thanks for listening to the above verbosity. I
>promise I've said my last word on this. In fact I have arrived at my 
>conclusions both from observing gap behaviour under different load 
>conditions and also from observing captured waveforms under those 
>load conditions. The two correspond exactly. I know that most people
>don't have access to this kind of test gear, so I am doing my best to
>make what I learn from this available. In doing so, I can't avoid
>presenting some conclusions that the measurements lead me to. Some of 
>the above could possibly have been better worded. Also, apologies for 
>spelling out what is obvious to some.

>I am open as always to criticism of my views.


I think Malcolm should be applauded for his extra efforts which he 
goes to in order to understand the intimate goings on behind Tesla coil 
operation, and his generosity in then sharing with all of us, 
that understanding which he has laboriously gleaned.  Thanks Malcolm!

Regards, rwstephens