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Re: Y'now Dad...........
Original poster: "Mike Novak by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <acmnovak-at-msn-dot-com>
He he he,
When people ask me what a tesla coil is, here's what I say:
"It's a project which is "easy" to build and teaches just about every aspect
of electricity and problem solving. It makes lightning-like discharges into
open air, yet is relatively safe to a point"
Tesla coils are IMHO the best learning experience for someone going into
electronics, engineering, physics, etc...
Isn't this great?
----- Original Message -----
From: Tesla list <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2001 12:57 PM
Subject: Y'now Dad...........
> Original poster: "Drew Murray by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>"
> Hello all,
> I was talking to my father about my tesla coils the other day and near the
> end of the conversation he said to me, " Drew, You're just trying to
> re-invent the wheel"! I sat back and thought about what he had said for a
> few minutes. I stood up and said," Dad, Im not trying to re-invent the
> wheel, Sure this has been done many times before, but do you have any idea
> how much i have learned since i started building Tesla coils"? I never
> knew how a transformer worked before i started building TCs. I have
> a great deal about induction and even just the properties of electricity
> itself. All of this is going to be very useful to me and it is great to
> know. I would like to thank everyone on the list for all of the help, and
> advice that they have given me over the past few months. I am currently
> working on my 4th coil and i want to make this one work the way it is
> supposed to! I got my hands on a small PT (Finally) and it works great. I
> trying to build a plate cap, but i know that i should buy a MMC instead.
> the way, What are your thoughts on vertical spring style primaries. I
> that they may work better, but i may be wrong. Also, can i connect the
> bottom of the secondary to the bottom of the primary? Why does this work?
> have tries this before and my coil still worked just as well as when i had
> the bottom of the secondary grounded. Let me know!
> The thankful,
> Drew Murray
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