Re: 8 year project finally works

Subject:     Re: 8 year project finally works
      Date:  Wed, 11 Jun 1997 17:36:21 -0500
      From: Chuck Curran <ccurran-at-execpc-dot-com>
        To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

Tesla List wrote:
> Subject:  8 year project finally works
>   Date:   Wed, 11 Jun 1997 07:02:36 -0500
>   From:   jmonty-at-mail.sat-dot-net (Jeff Montgomery)
>     To:   Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Finally-arcs and sparks...
>         My coil project began in 1989 with the reading of a small coil
> project article in 73 magazine. Looked like lots of fun and real easy, I
> should have this whipped out in no time.....
> 8 years later....so I'm slow, ok?
> The coil consists of a 3 foot x 6inch diameter poly tube threaded 20
> turns
> to the inch and filled with #24 and varnished heavily. A copper toilet
> float
> will soon be replaced with a real terminal (read toroid). The primary is
> a
> pancake coil of #6 at nine turns. Feeding this is a 15kv 60ma neon, a
> couple
> of surplus oil filled caps from an inductive welder conservatively rated
> at
> 5kv and.004 uf and some ho'made rf chokes. My original variac was a 2.5a
> and
> it soon went up in flames, literlally. Replaced it with a 10a and it
> seems
> to be doing fine. The spark gap is an "air blast" consisting of a 3inch
> to
> 1-1/2 inch pvc reducer,  a couple of 1/4inch carriage bolts, assorted
> nuts
> and washers and the trusty shop vac. I have the coil in rough tune (heck
> it's gotta be rough, I've never done this before) and I am getting
> 12-15"
> arcs off the top. The wife and kid think I'm alright because I've been
> talking about this for years and they never thought I would get around
> to
> making it work. T feel great because IT REALLY WORKS.
> Now the big question....How can I make it bigger.
> Wife says that since I like to sleep in doors it is big enough.
> Guess She's right.
> Thanks for listening to the rant.
> Jeff Montgomery


Great job on finally getting the sparks to fly.  Keep at it and you'll
be able to get some longer sparks.  Ah, I do have a tent I could loan

Chuck Curran