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Re: This Hobby's Expensive - Tosh! No,my good man, it isn't!

Original poster: "Dr. Resonance" <resonance@xxxxxxxxxx>

Talk to the hams.  Like on this list, communication and networking is the
key.  Don't be shy --- most people love to talk about their hobbies.  The
hams know the feasts inside and out.

You can build a coil on the cheap by being creative.  Old carpet tube for
coilform (free from carpet shop), NST donated by local neon shop (especially
if you help a child use it for a school science project), sec wire at
surplus shop (Fair Radio), plywood base, MMC caps (don't cut corners
here --- not worth the headaches of trying to make your own), a few surplus
switches and variac, and you're ready to go for under $100.

Do it one part at a time as your budget progresses.  I offer free plans for
a nice coil with a 26 inch long spark running on a 12 kV / 30 mA NST.

Dr. Resonance
> Robert,
> I'm well aware of the limitations of trying to enjoy this hobby on Soc
> since that is what I live on. My wife won't let me spend any of "her"
> on my "exorbitantly expensive ridiculous hobby!" She did, however, buy me
> digital multimeter with a transistor check function, frequency counter,
> 20 A DC capacity. I thought that was awfully nice of her. It sure comes in
> handy. I'm just jealous, that's all. I sure would like to have an
> oscilloscope! Anybody know how I can locate one cheap? I think I'll check
> out E-Bay. I recently got burned badly on E-Bay and I'm now a little leery
> of buying there. How do you go about finding local hamfests? I know there
> are a lot of ham guys around here but I don't know any of them personally.
> Thanks for any help. Regards.
> Paul Brodie
> Think Positive
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tesla list" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2005 1:11 PM
> Subject: Re: This Hobby's Expensive - Tosh! No,my good man, it isn't!
>  > Original poster: robert heidlebaugh <rheidlebaugh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>  >
>  > Paul: Some members do indead have deap pockets, The majority do not.
>  > like my self play with tesla on social security with only time to
invest. We
>  > taks coils of wire from wash machines that fail and scraps of pipe from
>  > construction projects. No we do not run out and buy what we nead and it
>  > takes us years to compleat each project, but we enjoy what we can do as
>  > as the deap pockets people do , maybe more.
>  >    Robert   H
>  > --
>  >
>  >
>  > > From: "Tesla list" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
>  > > Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 08:05:59 -0600
>  > > To: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
>  > > Subject: Re: This Hobby's Expensive - Tosh! No,my good man, it isn't!
>  > > Resent-From: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
>  > > Resent-Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 08:06:12 -0600 (MDT)
> .............