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Re: Weather/coil performance

Original poster: "Gerry  Reynolds" <gerryreynolds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hi Matt,

My experience is better sparks when cold. Of course, in Colorado, this probably comes with lower humidity that I believe could help allow faster ring up. I believe some insulation becomes very lossy when humidity soaks it and thus reduces the Q (unloaded). Dont know for sure, but just one theory.

Gerry R.

Original poster: Mddeming@xxxxxxx
Hi All,

This question begs for an answer from the two or three people out there who have actually DONE some performance measurements. Terry?? Paul?? ????

Matt D.
"Nothing ruins a good discussion like someone with facts."

In a message dated 1/18/07 3:34:22 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, tesla@xxxxxxxxxx writes:
Original poster: "Anthony R. Mollner" <penny831@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Actually, it does have a small effect. I assume it has to do with a change
in resistance around the top load. It's not much, but I've noticed a

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Subject: Weather/coil performance

Original poster: "Jared Dwarshuis" <jdwarshuis@xxxxxxxxx>

Hi: Jay

Temperature, humidity and barometric pressure will have little
effect, must be something else. Perhaps your ground connection needs
attention. Are you using a breakout point?

I assume that you are using an NST...........
Get to know the sound that your spark gap makes when it is working
well. When the spark gap starts sounding like a sick bumblbee then
you are not quenching properly and gap adjustment will be needed. It
is also possible to have a gap that is not quenching because of bad
primary tuning, then of course gap adjustment will not cure the problem.

My guess is that you have found the right primary tap point; that
your gap needs adjustment. Beware, large gap settings place heavy
loads on NST, and they are rather fragile.

Sincerely: Jared Dwarshuis