Re: Dummy Load (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 07:56:14 EDT
From: Hollmike-at-aol-dot-com
To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject: Re: Dummy Load (fwd)

   I cannot say how safe it would be for you to be a dummy load for your coil.
There are factors such as 60(or 50) Hz components that may be superimposed in
your discharge arc.  I once experimented with my coil in this manner using a
three foot pvc rod with a metal rod attached and received a flash from my coil
(900VA) to my arm.  I suffered no ill effects, but it left my arm tingling for
about 5 minutes afterwards.   I have taken the arc directly with a metal rod
since, but don't make a habit of it.  I only did this to insure that anyone
that comes to my house to see it in action would be relatively safe if they
get too close to it. 
   I have a National Geographic magazine that shows Bill Wyesock sitting on a
platform charged to well over a million volts from a coil with streamers
emanating from a rod he was holding.  There are probably no limits to what
power level one could safely try this with, but there is always the danger of
some unconsidered factor that could wind up killing you.
Safe coiling to you,
Mike Hollingsworth