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Tesla first start up problems. (fwd)
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Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 18:57:43 +0000
From: Trevor Keast <trevor_keast@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Tesla first start up problems.
I am new to this mailing list but I was hoping that someone might be able to
help me out with some problems I am having with my newly built tesla coil.
A rough spec of my coil is as follows,
15KV 30ma NST
14 turns on the primary, 1/4in copper tubing spaced at 1/4in
6 inch diameter secondary, 24inches of windings, approx. 900 turns.
4 inch topload made from aluminum tubing
Beer Bottle / salt water cap. 12 bottles, approx 0.1uF
I checked and double checked everything and then decided to run it outside
at night. The spark gap was sparking with a considerable amount of power
however that was all that was happening.
I took the top load off at one point and left just the end of the secondary
winding sticking up. When I did this the end of the wire had a slight
corona and about a 1/4 inch spark emitting from it.
There were no coronas in the beer bottle cap even though I didnt suppress it
with oil yet.
I tried tuning it and tried running it on about every turn of the primary.
It just seemed to be really lacking in power.
Any advice would be most helpful. I would love to get this coil going!
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