Re: The 64k$ Question
In a message dated 96-06-21 14:40:21 EDT, you write:
> Hi, Guys and Gals..............
> I am building my second generation Tesla coil. My question
> to you,who probably have a lot of experience with this, is:
> What type of spark gap would you recomend for the following
> Tesla coil (ie. airblast, series w/air,etc.) I will experiment
> with everythig else, but I really don't want to waste a lot of
> time with this element.........
> Xfmr: Two 15kv neons in parralell (60 m.amp ea.)
> Cap: 20kv, .025 mfd (CP unit), due in one week
> Primary : 14 turns, 3/8 copper, 30 deg. spiral
> Secondary: 6" acrylic, 22 ga. magnet wire, 875 turns
> Chokes: "Winging it" (maybe recent TCBOR, D.C. Cox ???)
> Any help on the spark gap issue would be most appreciated.
> I should throw the switch in about two weeks,and will be
> eager to share my results with you......
> Tom Renko (The Amp Man)
Your system sounds very similar to mine. I built a standard cylindrical gap
as described at the ftp Tesla site. It worked great with neon transformers
of 12kv, 120 ma. When I finally went to a pole pig I had to add a rotary in
series with the cylindrical gap.