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RE: [TCML] using larger secondary wire for the base
What you suggest is certainly OK - the added turns will be negligible as you say. But it sounds like the base wire will need to be routed above the primary, where it may be a target of streamer strikes and arcs from the primary.
I prefer to make my base connection below the primary, through a 1/4-20 bolt that also serves as the secondary attachment. Same with the top load connection. See http://www.laushaus.com/tesla/secondary.htm.
Regards, Gary Lau
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> Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:01 PM
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> Subject: [TCML] using larger secondary wire for the base
> Hey all,
> Quick question, I was trying to figure out a better way to attach
> my secondary to my ground and I thought of an idea. Basically there is
> a danger of snapping off the secondary wire if I solder a heavier cable
> directly to the thin 22 AWG wire, unless I wrap a few turns of the
> heavier wire around the base and secure it so that I can solder them
> together and have no fear of the joint breaking in case something gets
> jiggled. Is this a bad idea, I don't really see how, but I've never
> heard of anyone actually doing this. Assuming I use two turns or so the
> inductance change should be negligible. Thanks.
> Scott Bogard.
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