From: Robert W. Stephens [SMTP:rwstephens-at-headwaters-dot-com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 1998 4:49 PM
To: Tesla List
Subject: Re: Output Voltages
> From: Jeffrey Wiggins [SMTP:jwiggins-at-kcc-dot-com]
> Sent: Monday, February 09, 1998 12:47 PM
> To: 'Tesla List'
> Subject: RE: Output Voltages
> Robert, Richard, All,
> (I knew Robert would reply to this one.)
> I vividly remember that day at CFRB - I plan several picnics there during thunderstorm season this summer!
> Something I also noticed: simultaneous with some of the "nearer" lightning strikes (I would estimate ~2 miles), a very hot discharge between a section of guy wire and the aligned section of the guy
> ire under it. Estimated distance here - 20 to 30 feet.
> I don't know the mechanism here - maybe, because the guys rise at an angle, the local field gradient is "squeezed" together?
> We really ought to try and catch this phenomenon on film or tape this summer.
Now that you mentioned it, I do recall you saying you saw something
like that and that I was not looking the right direction at the time
and missed it.
As for another field trip to the CFRB site during a storm, Agreed! Only, who's
gonna go out and buy the required camcorder?
Well, I guess maybe by then one of us will have acquired one. I
think we should haul a strip chart recorder connected to an easily
jury rigged electrometer to get an instant visual record of the local
e-field activity also. I can certainly supply that equipment right
now. We could do a split screen and put the chart
recorder into the video image of the lightning activity for valuable
correlation while viewing the completed tape. Then we could package
and sell this tape and quit our jobs and relax while the money rolls
Can you get your wife to pack us a picnic lunch?
I can't wait,
Robert W. Stephens
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