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Re: [TCML] Old VDG and Tesla coil found in attic

Chances are that your Tesla-coil was built from this plan:
Big TC, Popular Electronics, July 1964

Dan K.

----- Original Message -----
From: steve date <sdate@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 5:51 pm
Subject: [TCML] Old VDG and Tesla coil found in attic
To: Tesla Coil Mailing List <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>

> Folks,
> Several years ago I found a VDG and Tesla coil in an attic doing 
> an 
> install job near Seattle.  I asked the new home owners 
> about the 
> equipment in their attic and they didn't have the slightest 
> knowledge of 
> what the "junk" was.  They said I could have it as long as 
> I hauled it 
> out!  this was appx 1981 and I have never had a chance to 
> mess with them.
> I am now retired and have the time to start the project.
> I have placed them on my website:
> http://home1.gte.net/sdate/VDG-VTTC/vdg1.jpg
> http://home1.gte.net/sdate/VDG-VTTC/vdg2.jpg
> http://home1.gte.net/sdate/VDG-VTTC/vdg3.jpg
> http://home1.gte.net/sdate/VDG-VTTC/TC1.jpg
> http://home1.gte.net/sdate/VDG-VTTC/TC2.jpg
> http://home1.gte.net/sdate/VDG-VTTC/TC3.jpg
> My questions for the group:
> 1. anybody recognize either of them? builder? commercial?
> 2. should I keep the TC "true" (long secondary) when 
> refurbishing it?
> 3. any ideas on the tube type? schematic? (yes, I can draw it out)
> 4. what material would be "best" for the belt
> I would appreciate any comments from the group that would help 
> restore 
> them to working condition.  (I know, I know... the TC will 
> be a very 
> poor performer by today's standards... This is a "for-fun" project).
> I suspect these were originally built for classroom use or 
> school 
> science fair use.
> Steve - Seattle
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