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Re: beginner's coil?

Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>

Hi Mike,

I would suggest you use a protection circuit like the one at:


Most NSTs die from the output voltage going to high so safety gaps across
the output are really important.



At 10:16 AM 2/19/2001 +1300, you wrote:
>I've just got interested in tesla coiling (I like making stuff!) and I'm
>kind of in the finding-out phase.  I wondered if anyone had any good plans
>maybe suitable for a first coil?  I've been trailing round on the net and I
>keep finding pages with pictures of 12' high secondaries and that kind of
>thing - that's pretty cool but maybe not for my first try!
>I managed to get hold of a 15kV neon supply.  Will this make a good supply
>for my coil?  Some of the pages I've found keep talking about burning out
>transformers (or otherwise generally rooting them) though - if it's ok to
>use a NST what's my best bet for making sure I take care of it well enough
>so it doesn't get pushed too hard and I get a good coiling lifetime out of
>it?  (they're not easy to come by down here in NZ!)  If there's a particular
>design that keeps this in mind then I'd be really interested.
>Anyway, hope to hear from you inna bit.