Re: TC Ground Currents (fwd)

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 23:31:43 -0500
From: Bert Hickman <bert.hickman-at-aquila-dot-com>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: TC Ground Currents (fwd)

Tesla List wrote:
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> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 22:26:46 -0500
> From: Adam Parker <park_e_r-at-hiwaay-dot-net>
> To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Subject: TC Ground Currents
> This is probably a stupid question but can the ground currents on TC
> secondary exceed the maximum current output of the neons? Also, why is a
> copper strap preffered over a heavy gauge copper ground wire?
> Adam


This is not a stupid question at all! The peak RF current coming off the
base of the secondary coil can easily be several amperes even for small
coils and tens of amperes for larger coils. That's why a low inductance
and low AC resistance path to ground is essential for maximum
performance. A low impedance path also helps reduce radiated

-- Bert --