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Re: Does wind affect streamer length?

Original poster: "Malcolm Watts by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <m.j.watts-at-massey.ac.nz.pupman-dot-com>

      In a word, a breeze affects spark length severely.

On 16 May 01, at 18:29, Tesla list wrote:

> Original poster: "Bill Vanyo by way of Terry Fritz
> <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <vanyo-at-echoes-dot-net>
> As I posted recently ("First Light!!! Now, how to tune it?"), I got my
> first coil running (three 15/60 NST's as power).  I ran it again after
> dark (I can only run it outdoors), with a bigger toroid (actually, I
> just sat my partially constructed bigger 8" dryer duct toroid on top
> of the original), adjusted the tap point for the bigger toroid, and
> got some nice very bright purple sparks about 2 feet long.  There was
> quite a breeze, and I'm wondering how much that would decrease spark
> length? I'm expecting to get 6 or 7 foot streamers, and I'm trying to
> determine if I still need to do a lot in the way of tuning, or if I
> just need to wait for a night when there's no breeze.
> Also, I know I made another mistake, and I'm wondering how much it
> might have decreased spark length (I suspect I risked a catastrophic
> failure).  I'll post that seperately under "Metal hose clamp around
> base of secondary".

Your primary is coupling energy into a resistive shorted turn. That 
won't help either.