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Re: [TCML] RF Ground and Brass

In a message dated 3/6/08 10:14:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
bartb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

>> Without grounding the base of the secondary  somehow,  you've got a 
>> bipolar coil!

>When the secondary arced to the primary, it found it's ground point  (or 

>the nearest thing to it). That's not really bipolar. I guess your  

>thinking the fact it arced to the primary in the first  place?

    Well, what's your definition of a bipolar Tesla  coil?
    Mine is "one that produces sparks off both ends  simultaneously".  :)
    Granted, the tuning may have been all out of sorts  for a "proper" 
bipolar coil, but while the bottom of the floating secondary was  blasting the heck 
out of the primary, the tuning was probably a bit off  anyhow. After all, only 
short wispy streamers were coming off the  topload during this event
-Phil LaBudde

Center for the Advanced Study of Ballistic  Improbabilities

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