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RE: Strike Rail Yes? No?
I quit using them on NST-powered, MMC coils and haven't had any problems. I
get primary strikes all the time with absolutely no ill effects. I don't
even use safety gaps, just a small amount of RC filtering after the NST. I
haven't seen many strike rails on professional Tesla Coils and they seem to
From: Tesla list [mailto:tesla-at-pupman-dot-com]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 10:07 PM
Subject: Strike Rail Yes? No?
Original poster: "Gregory R. Hunter" <ghunter-at-accucomm-dot-net>
What's the latest wisdom on strike rails? Are they needed or not? I'm
asking because I have just begun work on my all new 6" x 30" Tesla coil,
and I'm trying to decide if I need a strike rail or not. I remember some
postings awhile back suggesting that strike rails were old hat and no
longer required. This will be a "generic" coil of conventional design for
use with various power supplies ranging from 1600VA of NSTs on up to 4 or
5KVA of pole xfmer input.