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Spark Gap Firing?

Original poster: "Tom Heiber" <tom.heiber@xxxxxxxxx>

When gapping the distance between electrodes. Should the spark gap
fire without the Tank Cap conected? How do you determine the optimum
gap distance?

From what I understand, the gap fires when the capacitor is charged
with enough energy to ignite the spark.
That would indicate that the gap should be set so that without the
cap, there would not be sufficient energy to fire up the spark, but it
should fire with the cap connected?