Re: Humid atmosphere

At 10:25 PM 6/3/96 -0600, you wrote:

Hello Paul:

>>From Esondrmn-at-aol-dot-comMon Jun  3 22:23:47 1996
>Date: Mon, 3 Jun 1996 17:09:11 -0400
>From: Esondrmn-at-aol-dot-com
>To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
>Subject: Re: Humid atmosphere
>In a message dated 96-06-01 14:38:58 EDT, you write:
>>>Paul and The Group,
>>>On my small 15KV -at- 60 MA neon powered coil, inside the dry house in 
>>>winter the streamers are only about 3 feet long.  Indoors or out on a 
>>>same temperature very humid summer evening the streamers are about 4 
>>>feet long.  That's a full 25% improvement!  I've seen this coil behave this
>>>over and over again. I'm certainly convincved!
>>>Happy coiling!, rwstephens
>>>Reply- Even more confused; PAUL. If the streamers should be longer in the
>>moist air, then what effect is killing my Tesla coil and leaving me with
>>sparks that would look small on a cigarrette lighter?
>>I did some checking with the signal generator and the oscilliscope to check
>>the resonance of the secondary in the jungle atmosphere. When I am alone the
>>resonance was within a reasonable limits as it was when I first set it up
>>alone. As someone aproached and got within 15 feet of the coil the resonance
>>changed dramatically and went so far off the scale I could not find any
>>resonant frequency within the range of my signal generator, until the
>>visitor went away.
>>If one person, (outside the protective cage) can effect the resonance in
>>this way, could the crowd be making the secondary resonance unusable? How
>>does one body, 15 feet away,  make any difference to the resonance of the
>>secondary coil anyway?
>>Or is it the conductivity of the air? Could the air be so conductive that
>>any voltage is conducted away to earth before there is enough voltage to
>>create an arc?
>>PAUL MILLOTT (Failed again)

Out of curiosity, please describe your ground system. There is a possibility
you have a an insufficient path to ground causing the coil to float.
In that state it would appear to me the coil would be more sensitive
to capacitive reaction.




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