[time-nuts] Transformer design.

Will Matney xformer at citynet.net
Mon Jun 27 21:43:40 UTC 2011


Now, if you could have connected a key to that, and a long wire antenna,
you would have been in business! One gigantic spark gap transmitter.



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On 6/27/2011 at 5:36 PM William H. Fite wrote:

>Without meaning to sound sassy, Brooke, let me assure you that there is
>nothing "just" about it.  While in high school I built quite a large Tesla
>coil with a 16kv, 60ma neon transformer, a pressurized air-quenched spark
>gap, a huge variac, and a bank of 50 .15mfd (I think they were
>was a long time ago--capacitors.  The finished product, in addition to
>dangerous as hell to the careless operator could be heard more than a
>away and generated enough hash to bring TV and radio reception to a halt
>the whole neighborhood.
>And that isn't even a big one...
>So, no, it isn't magic and yes, it is an RF transformer with the primary
>secondary in resonance but, believe me, it is not "just" a transformer.
>On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM, Brooke Clarke <brooke at pacific.net> wrote:
>> It turns out that a Tesla coil is not magical, it's just an RF
>> where the primary and secondary are resonated.  I took him some time to
>> a mechanical structure (pipe mast insulated by wine bottles with a
>> capacitive top hat).  The high school "Tesla Coils" really are just RF
>> transformers because they omit the resonance on the secondary.
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