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Re: Terry's DRSSTC - Controller Experiment

Original poster: Terry Fritz <teslalist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hi Paul,

At 03:51 AM 4/12/2005, Paul Brodie wrote:
I know this is going to sound weird but this is somewhat depressing to me. It is as if you have taken "the magic" out of Tesla Coils. One of the biggest attractions of building a coil, for me at least, was the mystique and the slightly outside the norm quality.

As we learn more about coils, the sparks get better and easier to make. By "knowing things", we simply make the process of Tesla coiling easier. I think most of us knew what Steven's initial frustration at getting his coil was like. My first coils never worked at all... But today, fist coils almost always work with a little help!! Gerry's second coil is one of the best performers around! So perhaps Tesla coiling has gone from a "sink or swim" black art ruled buy luck, to more of a collect these parts and "just build it" thing. But that has allowed many more folks to join in on the fun!!!

Personally I don't miss the "mystique" at all!! I thought it really sucked ;-) Waisted hundreds of hours of my time...

At 11:46 AM 4/12/2005, Steve Conner wrote:
Terry has been personally responsible for laying waste to huge swathes of
Tesla coiling...

Hopefully, just the "bad" swathes :o))))

Obviously this is a personal thing. If _I_ figure out how to model streamer
loading with ATP or whatever, it shouldn't make the hobby any less
fascinating to anyone else....

See my next post :o))

However I decided to go down the experimental route with my new digital
scope instead :P

Cool!! They make many mean tasks super easy!

That's my other problem, you guys seem to have bottomless pockets when it comes to hobby expenditures!!!

After 18 years, I am finally leaving the "day job world" for at least the summer, so my pockets will be tighter now too ;-)) But now I have vast amounts of time I never had before!! We all take advantage of what we have to fill the niches we can. I have a lot of toys, but I collected them as I could over the years and I use them a lot! I suppose I could sell them and buy a used sports car or something, but then all I could do would be waist gasoline. If I had a nice car but no scope, I would sell the stupid car ;-)) So I think it is a matter that some of use spend way too much time and money on Tesla coiling ;-)) Be thankful you don't have the Tesla coiling bug as bad as we do :o))