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Re: ^^(my) First Light ^^

Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <FutureT-at-aol-dot-com>

In a message dated 5/24/01 10:32:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
tesla-at-pupman-dot-com writes:

> It certainly is (now) a subject that I am interested in.  If there is any 
>  info anywhere or anyone has run any comparisons on primary circuit wiring 
>  size vs. performance I would be very interested.
>  Maybe when I gain a little confidence/experience I can delve into it 
>  Thanks a lot for your reply,
>  Matt.

Matt, all,

My thinking is that if thin wires or poor connections make up only
a small part of the wiring of the tank circuit, it's not so bad.  It's like
having a fuse in a circuit.  Often the fuses use a very fine wire,
much finer than the rest of the circuit.  However, since the fuse
is short, the total resistance (and losses) are not really that high.  The 
effect applies when using MMC caps.  Although the leads are
thin, they're short, so they don't really add much resistance, and
therefore not that much loss.  As another example, I use a needle
to make the tap point connection for my high efficiency coil.
Although the needle (steel) is lossy, and it sometimes glows
red-hot, it does not reduce the spark length, because in the
overall scheme of things, it doesn't limit the current very much.

Also, the more turns are used in the primary, the thinner the
wire can be, because the current is lower.  I use #12 wire for my
primary for up to 65" sparks, in my high efficiency coil.  My TT-42
TC which gives up to 42" sparks, and uses a #10 wire primary, is


John Freau