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Re: DRSSTC Magnifier Mark 1

Original poster: "Paul B. Brodie" <pbbrodie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hi Steve,
That sounds great. I couldn't get to your site to look at the setup. I was wondering about magnifiers in general. From what I have gleaned from the Internet and the archives, a magnifier doesn't produce any more sparks, or rather longer sparks, than a standard two coil system. So, does a magnifier magnify anything?? I always thought what Tesla described was an energy gain from nothing sort of scheme and quite impossible. Can you shed any light on this for me? Am I misunderstanding something? (As usual!) Anyone else help me on this? Thanks.
Think Positive

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From: "Tesla list" <<mailto:tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 6:39 PM
Subject: DRSSTC Magnifier Mark 1

> Original poster: Steve Ward <<mailto:steve.ward@xxxxxxxxx>steve.ward@xxxxxxxxx>
> Hey guys!
> I just built my first magnifier of any sort, and of course its DRSSTC
> driven ;-). I should mention that i have NO idea what im doing when
> it comes to magnifier design... i just thought i'd try something and
> see how it goes. Worked great! Check out the page i made for it
> (includes spark pics!)
> <http://www.stevehv.4hv.org/DRSSTCmag1.htm>http://www.stevehv.4hv.org/DRSSTCmag1.htm
> The magnifier seems to be pretty well behaved. My max spark length so
> far is about the same as when it was a 2-coil system. That is, 35"
> from a 11" tall resonator ;-). Its just that now the sparks arent
> always hitting the strike ring! :-). I might just have to move up to
> a full-bridge drive to really get the sparks flowing! There isnt so
> much of a limit now that the coil can be elevated off the ground more.
> The magnifier required a lower tuning than before, which is what i
> expect since i have more effective leakage L to resonate there, as
> well as more capacitance.
> This was just a "test", cooler things should come along soon, need to
> order some magnet wire! Whats also nice is that the conversion from
> 2-coil to 3-coil was very easy!
> Questions and comments welcome.
> Steve Ward