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RE: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
The updated video went public just minutes ago, enjoy. :)
Christopher A. Boden
President / Founder
The Geek Group
Because the Geek shall inherit the Earth!
From: tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 15:36
To: Tesla Coil Mailing List
Subject: Re: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
"You guys are totally right (this is why I like peer review). The gap
doesn't do a thing for tuning at all."
Well, not exactly correct.
Changing the spark gap firing voltage (by increasing or decreasing the gap
width, changing the ambient pressure, changing the ambient gas mixture, etc)
DOES NOT directly affect the resonant frequency of the system.
However, it DOES affect tuning. Changing the gap firing voltage effects the
"bang size", the amount of energy stored in the primary capacitor. Bang size
is one of the factors that influence coupling adjustment, one aspect of
Again, if you are going to try to generate a "video Wikipedia" of Tesla coil
lore, you need to make sure that what you produce does not contain
Before creating your next video, spend some time researching the operating
principle of Tesla coils, circuit topology, tuning techniques, etc.
One of the best places for you to start is Richie Burnett's extraordinary
Tesla coil technology website at: http://www.richieburnett.co.uk/tesla.shtml
When you have absorbed enough information on Spark Gap Tesla coils from
Richie's Spark Gap section to be able to accurately explain the function of
each Tesla coil component, primary and secondary resonance (and the factors
that influence resonance), quenching, coupling, ringup and ringdown, power
throughput, etc, etc, you will be much better positioned to create
informative videos, rather than embarrassments.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Boden" <cboden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "'Tesla Coil Mailing List'" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:39 PM
Subject: RE: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
> You guys are totally right (this is why I like peer review). The gap
> do a thing for tuning at all. I was just going through all of the basic
> major variables in a coil setup and lumped that in with the rest. I
> borked it. Thankfully, it's a easy video to reshoot.
> I am surprised that nobody noticed it took me over 40 seconds to draw the
> schematic...the exact count is in the credits as an Easter egg.
> I shall re-shoot the video and a new version will post within a week.
> you for the critique.
> Btw, the "I've built more coils than most" was not intended to start a
> pissing contest (my ego is fine, thank you). It was meant to hush the 200
> people who email me having just read an article on coiling and half-built
> some contraption to channel free energy from the planet goatbreath to
> their perpetual-motion machine. Understand that the people on this list
> (as a rule) the most elite coilers on Earth. Most of the *very* beginners
> (and the overwhelming majority of people who have a 2 week passing fancy
> with coils) never even get as far as the TCML.
> Though, I would reasonably imagine (and by all means correct me if I'm
> wrong) that most people who get into coiling build, over their lives, less
> than a half dozen finished coils in total. A nontrivial number may build a
> dozen total.
> My numbers are a bit inflated given I build them with students for
> I believe, with the exceptions of the Big Dog coilers (the other guys who
> work with this stuff every day as part of their job like TTR, LOD, etc)
> I would have to be in the top 5 or 6 (by volume) coilerbuilders in the
> There simply aren't that many people who DO this stuff in large numbers,
> I'm hoping to get us a few hundred more every year by helping kids (of all
> ages) learn the basics and build their first coil. My goal isn't to get
> doing this (I don't think there's any danger of that happening). My goal
> to introduce a new generation to the wonders of science and technology, to
> make it fun and exciting without dumbing it down and treating them like
> Anyone who's interested in being a part of that, in teaching classes,
> videos, etc, is welcome to join us.
> Come and be a member. :)
> and to the guy who remarked on my hair, don't hate me because I'm pretty
> I wear a Mohawk because it's super low maintenance, cool in the summer,
> me ride my motorcycle to work and not have to screw with my hair to be on
> camera, and most importantly
> the women *really* dig it.
> Chris "don't hate me because I'm beautiful" Boden
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Tom Blitch
> Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 17:45
> To: pupman
> Subject: RE: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
> Ive built over 70 coils myself ;)
>> From: quarkster@xxxxxxx
>> To: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: Re: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
>> Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 08:57:45 -0700
>> Chris -
>> The mohawk and sunglasses create an "aura" that's just, well,
>> Technically, the content is off-base in several areas. Changing the
>> of the primary spark gap does NOT affect the resonant frequency of the
>> system, and there ARE important differences between locating the tank
>> capacitor or the spark gap across the secondary of the HV power
>> Perhaps some thoughtful scripting, with pre-production review by a
>> technically competent editor, would help improve the overall quality of
>> follow-on videos.
>> As for the claim that you have built more Tesla coils than all but three
>> four coilers worldwide, surely you're joking?
>> I guess the plea for money at the end is just SOP ...
>> Herr Zapp
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Chris Boden" <cboden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: "'Tesla Coil Mailing List'" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:13 PM
>> Subject: [TCML] New Geek Group Video - How to Wire A Tesla Coil
>> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P0L8MGNUhI
>> > Thought I'd share this with the list.
>> > Btw, we're in production on a ton of new videos right now so I thought
>> > ask.
>> > What Coiling-Specific videos would you like to see?
>> > We're interested in making a whole series of how-to and explanation
>> > on all things coiling related, and I certainly welcome any ideas for
>> > topics,
>> > etc.
>> > Also, if anyone is interested in coming and participating in a video
>> > all
>> > TCML members are welcome to come and talk and show off their work! :)
>> > Have fun guys!
>> > Christopher A. Boden
>> > President / Founder
>> > The Geek Group
>> > www.thegeekgroup.org
>> > Because the Geek shall inherit the Earth!
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