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Primary dummy-loading

Original poster: "Lau, Gary by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <Gary.Lau-at-compaq-dot-com>

While I really can't be running my coil in my basement due to
streamer-strike concerns, I would like to be able to do some level of
live indoor testing to scope gap timing.  If I simply remove the
secondary, there can be no quench and the gap and cap activity will me
much more stressful than I'd like to impose on them.

I was wondering if anyone has come up with a way to dissipate the bulk
of each primary bang in something less hazardous to my basement (and me
and my scope) than streamers.  I was thinking of either some kind of
dummy load resistor in series with the primary.  Or perhaps placing a
sheet of aluminum slightly above the primary to dissipate the bangs as
eddy currents?

Gary Lau