First run 6.5" coil- odd results? (fwd)

Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 11:58:19 EDT
From: LUGNUT00-at-aol-dot-com
To: chip-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject: First run 6.5" coil- odd results?

	Since I'm new to the list, let me introduce myself. My name is Scott, 
or "Lugnut" and I am very new to coiling. I wanted a good start, so I made 
and bought everything for my coil, except for Xformer...:_( Chances are I am 
doing something wrong but don't know it. I heard that my results were odd due 
to my Xformer, tell me what you think.     

     Well, here's my stuff:     right now I'm getting 8" sparks maybe 9".
     secondary-6.5" OD PVC 1/4" thick  wound to 26" 22 or 24 gauge...I 
 	primary- flat pancake, 1/4" copper tubing spaced 1/4"  
 				13 turns total.
 	capactitor- salt water type, 15 totally assorted bottles in a 10 
      gallon fish tank-no oil and I'm not getting flashover. Probrobly due to 
      my transformer's lack of power.
 	Xformer- right now I have a horrble, beat up, but working 4000 volt 
 	Spark gap- 4 gaps at about 1 millimeter each.
 	There are no bypass caps or safety gaps.
      Discharg terminal- Use everything from a nail to a 7" sphere. After 
      tuning, I get the best results from the sphere, about 8" sparks. I have 
      to use a nail to get sparks to the air, they get about 6" in the dark, 
(really 	   	dim, but I can feel, them <ouch!>. 
 	Problem- I have no real idea if I am doing well or not because nobody 
      that I've heard of uses the weak transformer that I have. If I buy two 
      12kv-at-30mA NST's, will I get 12x the sparks? That almost sounds 
      By the way, I'm 14 and showed my science teacher, she looked at it like 
      I was doing something wrong...hmmmmm...maybe I am. Please help me out   
 	or even comment on my coil. I even need a name of sorts...you people 
are 	the best!