Re: Coiling Waveforms.

From: 	richard hull[SMTP:rhull-at-richmond.infi-dot-net]
Sent: 	Sunday, August 10, 1997 1:47 PM
To: 	Tesla List
Subject: 	Re: Coiling Waveforms.

At 06:02 AM 8/6/97 -0500, you wrote:
>From: 	Malcolm Watts[SMTP:MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz]
>Sent: 	Tuesday, August 05, 1997 2:52 PM
>To: 	tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
>Subject: 	Re: Coiling Waveforms.
>> From:   John H. Couture[SMTP:couturejh-at-worldnet.att-dot-net]
>> Sent:   Tuesday, August 05, 1997 2:48 AM
>> To:     Tesla List
>> Subject:    Re: Coiling Waveforms.
>> At 04:03 AM 8/4/97 +0000, you wrote:
>> >
>> >From:  Malcolm Watts[SMTP:MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz]
>> >Sent:  Sunday, August 03, 1997 4:54 PM
>> >To:    tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
>> >Subject:   Coiling Waveforms.
>> >
>> >- To see the rings etc required high speed timebase settings (e.g. 5 
>> >and 10 uS.div). I would like to say right here: if you believe that 
>> >the secondary gets rung up and up with successive primary shots at 
>> >300 BPS, you are wrong! The gap fires showed up as mere blips on a 
>> >straight line. Still the sparks wax and wane and grow and die. This
>> >is undoubtably an ionic storage/persistence effect.
>> >
>> >Malcolm
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>   Malcolm -
>>   Are you saying that it was possible to count the number of charges (BPS)
>> for that special long spark? How did you isolate the long spark? 
>>   John Couture
>What??  Each "spark" = 1 Break. They follow one another in succession 
>along the (pre)ionized discharge path which, as I said, grows and 
>dies. Get a scope onto it and see for yourself.


I have harped on this for years.  You do not get a separate spark for each
break!  With whimpy systems using a pointed nail as a discharger you might
come close, but with a super well done system with a huge top load, I have
video records showing a single spark channel lasting over 300 individual
breaks (charge/discharge cycles).  The breaks just feed the  established
channel and air/ions with energy.

I have long noted that the entire process (long sparks) is not really coil
related but more related to the terminal, shape, capacitance and the
surroundings (air, targets of opportunity at specific ranges, altitude above
ground, etc.).  This relates to the savy of the builder and skill of operation.

Richard Hull, TCBOR