Subject: Re: Sparks
From: richard.quick-at-slug-dot-org (Richard Quick)
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 04:24:00 GMT
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> Fellow sparkers,
> Lit my 4" coil for the first time last night. Nothing really
> spectacular compared to what some of you guys are getting, but
> I'll take 1' with a single 60 ma neon into free air as an
> accomplishment for a first round test.
I'd say so!
> The setup is rather crude and I am kind of suprised it came to
> life at all.
I guess that means you have been paying attention! There is
nothing like the thrill of producing genuine HF-RF for the first
> If there wasn't florescent lights down here, I probably would
> not have found the tune. It is only 3.5 turns out and very
> sharp. 4 vacuum gaps that are not the best and only 12 ga wire
> to hook it all together leaves considerable room to improve. A
> couple of hits to the florescent fixtures just short of 17"
> kept it interesting.
Once you get this far, you are doomed. The bug has bitten if you
reached out with over a foot of spark. The improvements are sure
to come quickly. Adding some toroid will move your primary tap
out a bit, which will really help. How about running down the
system specs a bit more?
> Changed over to 4 ga for the tank tonight. Tomorrow I'll see
> if there is any difference in performance.
See what I mean about improvements coming quickly! :-)
Best of luck and Congrats!
... If all else fails... Throw another megavolt across it!
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