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Re: Trial and error

Original poster: DRIEBEN@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


I'd say that once the very basic design,construction, and
operational details are understood, the majority of us get
their coils to working by trial and error. This would have
certainly been the case up to a few years ago before all
of the fancy Tesla coil computer design programs came out.
Before then most of us were trying to work off of "hand me
down" information that was often obscure or just plain wrong.
Today there are many available Tesla coil computer design
programs that work off of clear and "correct" parameters
that can really aid you in the development of a coil that
does work splendidly "the first time" ;^) However, I think
that many hobby level coilers still go thru some trial and
error to get their coil finely "tweeked" for the maximum
output for the input, once the coil construction is complete.
I think that even with the best of computer programs and
the knowledge to know how to use them, there is still a bit
of empericism (is that a word?) involved in getting the coil
to put out its absolute maximum output with the available

Bottom line, it certainly requires no "quantum physics"
calculations to get a coil to working but the more you
know, the easier it will be ;^)........

David Rieben

----- Original Message -----
From: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2005 1:31 pm
Subject: Trial and error

> Original poster: "Steven Steele" <sbsteele@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Have any of you guys ever just built a good TC by trial and error?
> Or do ya'll always do quantom physics calculations first?
> LOL.
> Steven Steele