[TCML] RE: longer sparks?
resonance at wildblue.net
Sun Mar 13 05:54:17 MST 2011
poor quenching on pri spark
On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM, Etienne Dreyer <chemistets at hotmail.com>wrote:
> Hi gang,
> I've just completed a coil, but am not getting the spark lengths that I
> expected. I am only getting weak 20" max, whereas I saw from sites like
> loneoceans and greg's garage tesla that TCs very similar to mine easily make
> 3ft and beyond. Could you guys give some suggestions on what I could do to
> get longer sparks? Here are some of my specifications:
> It is tuned
> Dual mot with voltage doubler
> 4" x 18" (actual coil length) secondary wrapped with 26AWG
> 10 turn primary
> 45nF @ 20KV capacitor
> It is not well grounded- simply a sheet of aluminum foil on the ground
> It does not have a very large toroid - 3" air duct with diameter of 13"
> Single static spark gap (I'm going to upgrade to a ARSG)
> Could the latter three issues be making such a big deal?
> Very much appreciated,
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