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Re: DRSSTC eye candy (sparks)
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- Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 12:23:51 -0700
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Original poster: "colin heath" <colin.heath4@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
that is seriously impressive. looks like reliability
is becoming better all the time in these coils also.
i think im gonna have to build a full bridge for mine you have inspired me.
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Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:20 AM
Subject: DRSSTC eye candy (sparks)
> Original poster: Steve Ward <steve.ward@xxxxxxxxx>
> Hey guys,
> It was in the low 50's (temp) today so i cleaned up the garage a bit
> and brought my DRSSTC out there for a run. I was happy to see it
> pegging 5' and reaching out to 6' whenever it wasnt arcing to
> something closer. You can see the pictures at the BOTTOM of this
> Just a few notes about this run. I did blow the 15A fuse twice (the
> fuse was all that failed). I think this might be partially due to my
> VERY large filtering capacitors (22000uF each, 200V). The 7.5A variac
> wasnt even warm after a long run, so im a bit skeptical if im really
> using 15A rms. The peak primary current surged to about 700A during
> stressful "short" arc conditions (like to the strike rail at about 2
> feet). The longer sparks (most of the connected streamers are at 5'
> length or better) did not trip the OCD. The sparks out to the wall on
> the left were measured to 67", and i had a few reach out past 6'
> (didnt get any on camera though). I will have to bring the coil
> outside to see what it can really do... i never reached full input
> voltage. I was running the coil at 120bps and about 150uS on period
> for about 8.5 cycles. I found that increasing from 120uS to 150uS
> made a considerable improvement. I even had it cranked up near 180uS
> at one point where i was getting 5' sparks at maybe 65% input voltage!
> Pretty much out of room in this garage though, so i will have to wait
> till it gets dark and run it out in the back yard and see where this
> guy tops off for spark length, my guess is about 80" will be the very
> Comments and questions are welcome.
> Steve Ward