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RE: [TCML] Matt tesla

torrid has breakout point but whats overcoupleing and how do i fix it?

> Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 20:16:16 -0700
> From: jimlux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [TCML] Matt tesla
> On 5/16/13 7:38 PM, Matthew Hebb wrote:
> > yes the do apperntly since thats what ive been told i need and oh so
> > its basicly the same type of capacitor that spark gap ones use well
> > thats less complicated than i expected.
> So on another topic i have a
> > very odd thing happening when i use the system from my small spark
> > gap tesla coil to run my big coil ( just to tune it and see what i
> > can get with 9kv ) i get 2 foot sparks which is about the same as the
> > smaller coil got but here is the thing i need somone to explain to
> > me. For some reason there coming from the secondary not the torrid
> > the will come from all over the secondary arc wharever they want its
> > just crazy nothing comes from the torrid but if the torrids not there
> > nothing happens.... so what i wonder is is this caused by somthing
> > wrong with the coil or just because the system for my little coil is
> > not designed for this one?
> Sparks all along the secondary, instead of from the toroid?
> (note spelling.. torrid is "hot", toroid is a shape.. spell checker says 
> both are ok).
> You might have what's called "racing sparks".. often from overcoupling 
> between primary and secondary, or, too big a toroid without a breakout 
> point.  The voltage gets too high, and you're getting a breakdown along 
> the secondary. If you put a breakout point on your toroid, you can start 
> a spark from the toroid earlier...
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