Another First Light! (fwd)

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Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 22:26:13 -0600
From: "Patrick J. Gustafson" <gustafpj-at-uwec.edu>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Another First Light!

Hello All:

With schoolwork, and finals week here I haven't much time to work on my
first coil, but I did nonetheless complete it and give it some initial
runs. The specs are as follows:

primary - flat pancake with .25" copper tubing (15 turns)
power supply - (2) 15kV 30mA NST's paralleled
chokes - 100 mH on each leg of the NST's
spark gap - RQ type (6 section (.1" combined) plus adjustable brass
gap(.225")) set at .325
capacitor - .0125 micro farad rolled polyethylene (.062"), filled with
transformer oil
safety cap - .001 micro farad, filled with transformer oil
safety gaps across the NST's and main cap
twin variacs rated at 17 Amps
toroid - 4" cross section x 25" diameter
grounding - 8' x 1/2" dia copper ground rod
secondary - see below

I had a two layer 6"dia x 22" length secondary wound with #28 magnet
wire, but I had a problem with the inner winding being shorted out
somehow, so I replaced it with an alternate secondary that I had wound
(4"dia x 20" with #22 magnet wire).  The tuning took quite awhile,
beginning with zero spark length, and now properly tuned I'm pulling
around the 30-35" mark (loud as %&*-at-)  Not bad for my first coil eh?
And plus I'm using the lower inductance secondary.  Can't wait to
re-wire the 6" and see what I get.

Lynn, send me a message cause I can't find your email address.

Patrick Gustafson, Ozone plentiful in Eau Claire, Wisconsin