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Re: First Light then Failure
Original poster: "Jonathan Peakall by way of Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-qwest-dot-net>" <jpeakall-at-madlabs.info>
First thing to do is test your NST. If you don't have a HV probe, just see
how far away a ground wire will start an anrc from the HV terminals. A 15kV
should jump at least a 1/4 inch. Both sides should be the same.
If the NST isn't dead, give us some more coil specs, like what kind of gap,
primary and so on.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 6:58 AM
Subject: First Light then Failure
> Original poster: "Alan by way of Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> Hello everyone,
> I finally got my coil to run tonight. At first I ran it with a 15kv/30ma
> NST with a .015uf swc. I got some sparks off the toroid but only about
> 6-8". So, I put 2 15/30ma nst's in parralel and removed 3 bottles from my
> 12 bottle geek group salt water cap. After that I could get no spark from
> the toroid. SOmetime I got nothing and sometimes when I moved the tap in,
> got sparks but they all seemed to be going down my secondary. I kept
> adjusting the tap looking for a good spot and then finally it "popped" and
> then nothing would happen when I plugged it in. I'm praying I didn't break
> the NST's but I'm afraid that might be it. Anyway, what was happening