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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,
>> 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
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