Re: 3/4 wavelength secondaries

Hi Richard and all,
                    In the light of what you say in your last 
paragraph in this piece, there is something here that I desperately 
want to understand.

<major snip>
> Finally, the voltage produced by a Tela coil is a function of the 
> resonator coil's inductance and the current injected into the base.  The 
> top terminal may load this a bit, but the value of the voltage created in 
> the system is not determined by the top C at all.  I hope this helps this 
> thread a bit.

My understanding is that for each shot, the secondary rings up as the 
primary rings down until Cp is empty. There is then a finite amount 
of energy available to charge the terminal capacitance. How can the 
terminal reach a voltage higher than that allowed by conservation of 
energy? I have grappled with this one for a long time now. The Corums
(oft quoted as an authority in this area) make no mention of this
fundamental limitation in a cap discharge system (at least in the 
notes I've read), but appear to treat the secondary/extra coil as 
though it is fed from a voltage source (which a capacitor most 
definitely is not).
    In fact the situation is even worse when one takes the awful gap 
losses into account.