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[TCML] Re: Secondary Testing

Hi Dave,

I don't know if a shorted secondary turn would completely kill performance,
or just reduce it.  Never had that happen to me.

Regarding you adding capacitors to increase the MMC voltage - I'm assuming
that as you changed the capacitance, you  made the necessary changes in the
primary inductance to match resonant frequencies?  If all you did was
change the primary capacitance, that's definitely not going to work.

Gary Lau

On Sun, Dec 5, 2021 at 11:44 AM Dave Delman <doctordhd@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I have a simple spark gap Tesla Coil that worked with an 10kV oil burner
> ignition transformer...until the transformer blew out. At one point there
> was an arc to the middle of the secondary but I believe that I was able to
> add extra polyurethane and I believe that it still worked afterwards,
> again
> until the OBIT blew.
> I moved and I now have a 15kV neon sign transformer, so I added capacitors
> in series with my MMC to allow for the higher voltage.
> I have never been able to get the Tesla Coil to work again.
> If the secondary had a shorted turn, would tgat prevwnt it from working?
> How can I test the secondary?
> Any Tesla Coil enthusiasts near Monroe Township, NJ?
> Thank you,
> David Delman
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