Re: ignitron tubes

Tesla List wrote: 
>From hb-at-earthlink-dot-netTue Jul  2 21:28:58 1996
> Date: Tue, 02 Jul 1996 15:40:19 -0700 
> From: WILLIAM HENDERSON <hb-at-earthlink-dot-net> 
> To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com 
> Subject: Re: ignitron tubes 
> Richard, 
>          Thanks for the input on the hi-powered systems,i have found
>          that if i run the rotary &
> statics in low pressure nitrogen(just like nitrogen filled relays)that
> it to preserves the contact surfaces and reduces the "flaming"
> effect,reduces the internal temperatures of the enclosure,anyone
> interested in using nitrogen gases for there gaps can run down to
> the nearest commercial gas company/welding etc. alot of companies use
> nitrogen gas in there fork-lift tires,i usually get myself an inner
> tube(wheel barrel size) and have them fill it-making sure that they have
> a regulator on the bottle- i hate explosions? The highest that i've
> run my coil up to is 18,000watts,the power company just loves me.In a
> few months i'll be replacing the 12kva pole pig with a 30kva.Richard do
> you still have your "Nemesis" coil?.Also what do you do with old retired
> t.coils donate them to museums or bury them at sea?
>                                                          many thanks Bill
>                                                            hb-at-earthlink-dot-net


Thanks for the info on the nitrogen gaps.  It's always good to read of 
neat ideas put into real use.  I'll investigate this myself.  You asked 
about "Nemesis"  Nemesis got killed by our budding magnifier operations 
with hits to its secondary.  It starting running shorted turns from the 
hits and they would glow white hot in seconds.  I repaired the coil three 
times, but the hits kept happening from our mobile magnfiiers.  The 
remanents of Nemesis are stored away in the loft of the lab here.

Richard Hull, TCBOR