40MHz Spark Gap Behavior

From:  Edward V. Phillips [SMTP:ed-at-alumni.caltech.edu]
Sent:  Tuesday, April 14, 1998 2:06 PM
To:  tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject:  Re:  40MHz Spark Gap Behavior

    I can only theorize abut your question of why the gap oscillates at 50
mHz. "

	Probably no mystery at all.  The leads act as resonant lines,
exactly as in some of Hertz's pioneering work with electomagnetic
waves, almost exactly 110 years ago.  
	A lot of his work was done at a wavelength of about 6 meters
(frequency about 50 MHz) by coincidence.