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Re: ero cap question

In a message dated 10/7/00 11:53:12 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
tesla-at-pupman-dot-com writes:

> Original poster: "Garry F." <garryfre-at-pacbell-dot-net> 
>  I've had similar experience with a number of caps and with this MMC when I
>  tried to use it as a LTR.
>  Any setting higher than slightly below what should be the resonant point 
>  my NST caused that same rat tat tat sound in the spark gap as well as the
>  coil output. I do have bleeder resisters on it too.


The rat-tat-tat sound is caused by using large value caps in combo
with wide gap spacings with NST's.  The gap is not firing at every 
1/2 cycle, (it's skipping some half cycles) and this type of 
operation can destroy the NST over time.  The safety gaps 
are probably set too wide also.  If you set the main gaps narrower,
the sound should smooth out, and you'll be able to set the safety
gaps closer.

John Freau