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Re: Small simple coil (beginner)

Original poster: "Ed Phillips by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <evp-at-pacbell-dot-net>

Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Malcolm Watts by way of Terry Fritz
<twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <m.j.watts-at-massey.ac.nz>
> Hi Matt,
>         I couldn't help chuckling on reading your post (no offence
> intended!).
> On 1 May 01, at 16:20, Tesla list wrote:
> > Original poster: "The Swami by way of Terry Fritz
> > <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <devsibwarra-at-hotmail-dot-com>
> >
> > Hello
> > I am a student in Sarnia Ontario,
> > Im looking for a schematic for a simple coil that I can build and
> > experiment with.
> >
> > I have grade 12 advance physics knowlege,
> >
> > Im looking to biuld one that wont arc more than an inch becuase I
> > really dont know how to control the thing, but I am very interested in
> > learning more.
> >
> > PLease reply to my personal e-mail or send a copy to my e-mail so the
> > list can benefit too.
> >
> > Thanks
> > -Matt
> An inch of spark is what most people who've built a coil and have no
> idea how to tune it usually get. So basically you could accomplish
> your goal by winding any old secondary, any old primary and use a
> spark plug for a gap. I do think you should aim for a loftier goal. a
> 6" spark is possible from a TC powered from an ignition coil.
> Malcolm

	Even as a grade school student who literally "didn't know anything
about anything" I did better than that, as did my friends who didn't
know any more.  We usually got two or three inches, and had never heard
of resonance or tuning!!!  Even a simple pencil and paper calculation of
inductance and "guesstimate" of capacitance should get you in the ball