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RE: Ignition coil burned?

Original poster: "Matt Shayka by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <flyboxboy-at-hotmail-dot-com>

Hey Godfrey,
Do you still have any of that stuff? I sure would like to see some of it in 

-Matt Shayka Geek#1127 G-1

>If you are referring to an automobile ignition coil, then the input is 12
>volt. This takes me back to my childhood when I just loved to play with
>those ignition coils. In my early teen years, I managed to collect many
>NSTs, five pole pigs, three huge potential transformers, three x-ray
>transformers, big industrial inductors, a large industrial powerstat, and
>much more. A special find was an induction coil that was three feet long
>with coils one foot in diameter, and it would shoot white sparks over a 
>long. Another special find was a 1000 lb 150,000V/1000MA transformer. The
>porcelain terminals of this beast ended in big brass balls. I would ballast
>the beast with one of my big inductors. To the terminals I would connect a
>transmission line of two 50 foot wires separated about three feet. At 
>I would slowly bring up the primary voltage with a variac. The transmission
>wires would hiss and glow with a blue color. The wires would sway back and
>forth. Finally an arc would form and race down the length of the
>transmission line in few seconds. There was a continuous racing of arcs
>along the line--a sort of horizontal Jacob's ladder with very fast moving
>arcs. It would drive the neighbors crazy.
>Godfrey Loudner

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