Re: How to rise the secondary? (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 01:56:41 -0400
From: Richard Hull <rhull-at-richmond.infi-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: How to rise the secondary? (fwd)

Tesla List wrote:

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> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 00:34:28 -0500
> From: "Robert W. Stephens" <rwstephens-at-headwaters-dot-com>
> To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Subject: Re: How to rise the secondary? (fwd)
> On Tuesday July 14,  I wrote:
> > John,
> >
> > I hope you can be as suprised as I was when I made this physical test.  Take an
> > average TC that can produce a solid 8 foot discharge, even on holidays.  Take a
> > straight piece of copper wire, aluminum , steel or even a salty piss trail on an
> > otherwise insulating rug  that equals the let's say 8 foot output spark length.
> <snip>
> All,
> To my horror I see that I may have unintentionally created a potential
> safety issue in my above advice.  I was merely trying to point out that any
> form of conductor connected to the topload of a TC to simulate an
> attached streamer is going to cause a considerable tuning change in
> the system as compared to non-breakout conditions.  Note that I DO
> Gee I hope nobody tried this.
> Robert W. Stephens
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Rob is absolutely correct here and I have just such tests shown on one or two of our
old video report tapes.  A piece of #24 wire 6 feet long attached to a resonator will
really swing resonance on down the scale!  An flaming white hot arc is a much larger
ionic surface conductor than such a piece of wire.  Again, the old hands-on folks have
"been there....done that".  One need not be a rocket scientist to figure this out real
quick if observant around bigger running systems.

Richard Hull, TCBOR