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faraday cage

Original poster: "Drake Schutt" <drake89@xxxxxxxxx>

Hello again

I want to first say that last weekend I went down to see Dave Rieben's coil last week and it was AWESOME! I had never seen a coil in real life, and seeing all of his hv gear and his coil was great (especially the quarter shrinker). He also gave me some 942s he had so maybe I can beef up my main cap. ^_^. Ive been searching through the list archive for a little while and what Im wonder about now is faraday cages. If i build a form out of small pvc pipe and cover it with metal screen or chicken wire, and somehow attach a fat ground connection to it will it work? Can i ground it to the same rf ground as the seconday? How big can the mesh of the cage be? (for a smallish 12/30 nst powered coil)

Also, i have to ask about these suit things. Ive seen dr. megavolt or whatever he's called and some other guy with another enormous coil wearing one, and obviously im intrigued. Do these things operated on the same principles as a faraday cage? I know its dangerous, but can it really be that hard to make one for my purposes? I mean heck, i saw some obviously insane woman sitting on top of a torroid shooting lightning out her fingers on the discovery channel and she didnt have anything on! Sorry for the long and juvenile post, and as always your knowledge is invaluable.