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Re: [TCML] Spark gap

In a message dated 2/24/08 12:00:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
bartb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

>> 2) Any static gap, RQ or otherwise, is unlikely to operate at  60BPS, or 
120BPS.  All static gaps >>operate in what can only be  described as a chaotic 
mode, with the BPS varying widely from 
>>second to second.  A long-term average is typically far  higher than the 
mains frequency, usually in 
>>the range of 150-300BPS.

>I disagree (someone, shoot me now). The static gaps (RQ or  otherwise) 

>will operate at their caps ability to charge to the breakdown  voltage 

>and no less. This is simple. I agree that there are a lot of gaps  that 

>will operate at much higher bps than 120 on average, but it doesn't  
"have to be this way". The fact is, "it has been this way  needlessly". 

> BPS is easily controlled in a static gap just as easy as an  SRSG. But, if 

>one "knows how", then it won't be controlled. I think this has been  the 

>real cause of what you've stated.
    It seems to me a useful tool would be a cheap,  simple way for a coiler 
to measure running BPS. Anybody ever cobble up something  like this? Something 
that would work for solid state and vacuum tube coils  as well.
    I could think of a number of approaches -  antenna, tap to primary, 
microphone. Adjustable filter and/or  trigger level, and then into a counter. If it 
ran off a 9 volt and fit in your  pocket, it would be very handy to compare 
apples to apples at Teslathons.
-Phil LaBudde 
Center for the Advanced Study of Ballistic  Improbabilities

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