Re: First light...Sort of

At 06:05 PM 09/15/1999 -0600, Tesla List wrote:
>Original Poster: Aric_C_Rothman-at-email.whirlpool-dot-com 
>     I started up my complete coil for the first time, with disappointing 
>     results.  Vital specs (from memory) are:

>     Secondary:         4.125" dia. x 51" long secondary


>     Top Load:          4" x 32" toroid
>     Spark Gap:         RQ style, 1/2" Cu tubing, 0.02" gaps, 10 gaps       
>     First off, I know the secondary is way too long.  It was the first 
>     part of the project I assembled and I didn't know what I was doing 

>     The PVC tubing around the RQ gap buckled, causing most of the gaps to 
>     short out, once this happened, no further sparks from the top load 
>     were produced.

What size PVC were you using? 
>     I'm going to build up a new gap, probably consisting of a series of Cu 
>     tube section glued to a sheet of phenolic.
>     As a first attempt to improve performance, should I slice out a 20" 
>     section of the secondary and use that?

That's what I would do...maybe 24" and try that.



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