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RE: ^^(my) First Light ^^

Original poster: "Matt S. by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <matt777777-at-hotmail-dot-com>

>Original poster: "Lau, Gary by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" 

>Your coil is much like mine a few rev's ago.

I did notice the similarity when I visited your site, and I recall making a 
few in-process changes based in your success (thanks).

> >5. In addition to a "Power on LED" I put a silly little green LED on my
> >control cab. in parallel with the voltage meter..  .. thought it would
> >me some reference point in the dark. .. it lights at 70 volts.  With
> >coil running, it would flicker at much lower input voltage to the
> >I have two corcom filters in between, but does this mean some V spikes
> >coming back, or does a variac output voltage fluctuate a little when
> >load fluctuates?
>You got me there.  What kind of LED is used for 120VAC monitoring?

Sorry about that, I've been using "LED" incorrectly as a "catch-all" lately 
it seems...  it's actually a neon bulb with a green plastic filter over it.

I'm really curious why it flickers still though :)

>I suspect that outdoor breezes have a big impact on performance.  Also,
>if your pri-sec coupling is too small it could also reduce performance.

I purposely kept my secondary high (primary low in my case) because I didn't 
want to have to endure the stress of maybe seeing my secondary damaged on my 
first run (not sure how likely that is, but just in case)
It is very easy for me to adjust. ...  but I'm not sure I know how to tell 
when it's optimum........ should I go to the point of "racing sparks" and 
then reduce the coupling a little?

Thanks a lot for (all) of your input.
btw, Gary, I have to say that your photo at 
http://people.ne.mediaone-dot-net/lau/tesla/tesla5.JPG is one of my favorites.
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