[TCML] Proper VTTC Coupling? (coil specs)
futuret at aol.com
futuret at aol.com
Sun Oct 19 11:30:57 MDT 2008
My original plan was to use 16 or 14awg wire for that reason of keeping
coil short. The 12awg wire i have is a special type which will give a
winding height of only 2.8". The 14awg wire would give the same height.
But the 16 gauge wire I have has thinner insulation and would give a
shorter coil. I agree with what you're saying and I'm going to switch
16awg for the primary. That will increase the primary inductance, so
I can use fewer turns too. That will let me put the grid coil on top of
the primary. I've built coils both ways; grid coil on top, grid coil
I do have an air variable which I plan to use to find the proper tune
then I'll replace it with a fixed cap. Actually I have an air variable
is in oil to withstand higher voltage and give a higher capacitance.
I've used the 4-125A tubes in previous coils, and also a 4-250A and
a 4-400A. The last tube was defective however and gave weak sparks.
I have a good selection of mica caps.
Appearance-wise, I prefer a shorter primary coil also, so that's another
reason for me to use the 16awg wire. It would be interesting to try
magnet wire for the primary coil. I have some 14gauge magnet wire.
I also have some litz wire, but I forget the gauge. I seem to remember
hearing that litz wire is particularly helpful above 500kHz if I
From: Dr. John W. Gudenas <comsciprof at ameritech.net>
To: Tesla Coil Mailing List <tesla at pupman.com>
Sent: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 10:34 pm
Subject: Re: [TCML] Proper VTTC Coupling? (coil specs)
The 4-125A power tetrode should work fine. It is a VHF tube and the
plate voltage is 3kv so a doubled MOT won't kill it.
However, consider using perhaps 14 awg or 16 awg for the primary as 22
turns of 12awg pvc is going to make a solenoid
around 5" -> 6" high on a 9" secondary. This is bound to cause some
sort of problem, particularly if the grid coil is above it.
With this small coil you might consider putting the grid under the
With a .00005uf tank capacitor the current in the tank circuit should
not get very high as long as the secondary is tuned to
the primary frequency and you can use the energy in the secondary and
dissipate it with the discharge. That is why I believe
you can use 16 awg or 14 awg on the primary.
As long as you have a good supply of pico farad micas you should be
able to tune it in. It will certainly be sensitive.
If you have an HV air variable from a kilo-watt ham rig it may be
Interesting coil, let's see what happens.
John W. G.
John W. Gudenas, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science
Oct 18, 2008, at 8:13 PM, futuret at aol.com wrote:
> Dr. John,
> Thanks for your comments. The full specs of the planned
> small, simple coil are:
> Tank cap, mica 0.0005uF or as needed to tune
> secondary, 2.5 x 9 inch, 28awg (600+ turns)
> primary, 4.5" (?) dia, 22T of 12awg pvc insulated wire
> grid coil, 4.5" dia, 18T of 26awg on a sliding form
> transformer, small MOT with level shift doubler
> small 2.5" dia toroid (maybe)
> vacuum tube, 4-125A with socket
> filament transformer as needed
> grid leak resistor, 30W variable up to 4k ohm
> misc, bypass caps, tube cap, hook up wire, hardware, etc.
> Base, wood at first to test everything
> variac, external
> I'll try both the grids tied together method, and maybe
> the screen grid fed by a dropping resistor method. I'll
> tap the grid coil at 12 turns or so for use with the tube
> grids-tied-together method. I'm considering using a
> 811A tube or some other tube rather than the
> 4-125A tube. I may test various tubes in the coil.
> I'm trying to decide whether to use a 4.5" dia primary
> or a 4.75" dia primary. The 4.5" form is thick PVC,
> the 4.75" form is plexiglas. I already have the secondaryA
> coil from previous work.
> I may use the coil to research various configurations, etc.
> It should make a nice demo coil if the design works out well.
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