I don't understand (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 09:54:29 -0800
From: Mark Bean <cyber-x-at-eni-dot-net>
Reply-To: admin-at-virtualtheater-dot-com
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Cc: Bil Wysock <Wysock-at-courier8.aero-dot-org>,
    Jeff Parisse <jparisse-at-ddlabs-dot-com>
Subject: I don't understand

Hi All,

I have my Coil up and running with really good performance,
(37" Discharges).  I am using 2 variacs. One for voltage
control and the other for current limiting. Both variacs are
rated at 30 amps. I'm using an EMI filter ran in revervse
between the current variac and the PT, to help my home AC
lines. I'm using a Westinghouse potential transformer, 100 to
1 ratio, 15,000 Vac. I am also using 50,000 volt rated high
performance neon sign wire running from the PT to the series
spark gap consisting of 6 tungsten tig welding tips. I also
have a safety gap right before the spark gap

I placed an Amp meter in line after the current limiting
variac and before the PT.  What I noticed is  that it takes
about 17 amps for the spark gap to fire and the coil runs.
Then the amp meter starts to peg and wildly swing back and
forth.  ???

*Is this what is called "kick back"?

*Is this coming from the spark gap and is feeding RF or energy
back through my power system?

*Is this why chokes are used between the PT and the spark gap?

Please help me understand?

Thanks to all,

Mark Bean