Re: Tesla Ground (fwd)

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Date: Sun, 18 Jan 1998 21:24:24 EST
From: Mark S Graalman <wb8jkr-at-juno-dot-com>
To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject: Re: Tesla Ground (fwd)

  Its hard to say if that ground is good enough or
not, we don't know if you have good ground conductivity
or if its poor. I would say if your dirt is average 
at the power level you're running it should be okay.
 You might want to consider adding more ground rods
as time goes on, spacing them apart a distance equal
to about 1 to 1.5 times the length of the rod, also
watering the ground helps. Don't EVER tie the
bottom of the secondary to your primary unless that
point is RF ground, I run a grounded primary on my
system, but with a neon system both ends of the primary
float above ground, so the base of the secondary is tied
to ground all by itself and not to the primary coil at all.
 Hooking the bottom of the secondary to a primary
coil that floats above ground would be certain death to
the neon transformer.

Mark Graalman

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>Date: Sun, 18 Jan 1998 17:58:41 -0700 (MST)
>From: "Matt P." <ch038map-at-mode.lanl.k12.nm.us>
>To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
>Subject: Tesla Ground
>	Today I (attempted) to construct an RF ground for my tesla 
>coil I
>am building. Being the cheapskate that I am, I decided to use some 
>aluminum conduit that was laying around. I found a piece about 6' long 
>drove it  into the ground leaving about 6" sticking out of the ground 
>connect to. My question is this: will this poorly built ground be good
>enough for my coil? My coil is only about 3.25" and powered a tranny 
>that is about 7Kv 30mA. I didn't know weather to connect the bottom 
>of the secondary to the primary like some people do, or try to 
>my own ground. Any comments, criticisms are appreciated.
>			Matt P.