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Re: Spark length records- was Magnifiers vs normal TCs

John, et al.

You are absolutely right on in what you wrote below.  FWIW.

Best regards to all on the List.

Bill Wysock.

> Date:          Mon, 02 Oct 2000 17:47:48 -0600
> To:            tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
> From:          "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Subject:       Re: Spark length records- was Magnifiers vs normal TCs

> Original poster: FutureT-at-aol-dot-com 
> In a message dated 10/1/00 8:47:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > Margaret wrote that but when a number of people went digging...  Oops!  No
> >  supporting data could be found!!  Tesla at times "speculated' about arc
> >  length but the real documented length he achieved is 32 feet.  When one
> >  goes digging into the times of experimentation and power available to him,
> >  He simply didn't have the equipment needed to go much further than 32
> >   The New York project did have this power but was never operated.  So,
> >  sorry, but those 130, 300, 10 mile arcs are all fantasy...  In the "free
> >  energy days" of the 80's, all kinds of claims were made of what Tesla did.
> >  However, we now know from actual documentation that what he really did was
> >  super great, but within reason for what he had available to him. 
> David, all,
> Another interesting point is that Tesla sometimes measured his
> spark lengths by considering all the twists and turns that the arc
> made while flowing though the air, and also counted the total
> arc distance from one side of the head of sparks to the opposite
> side, etc.  There was no standard way to define an arc length in
> those days for TC's, so various ways of looking at the issue were
> considered and used.  Sometimes it's an advantage to quote a
> higher spark length figure for capturing the backing of potential
> financers, to dazzle the public, etc.
> John Freau
Tesla Technology Research