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Smoke Test!

Circuit Smoke Test!

I could no longer stand it. Time to apply power and test the circuits.

Things were put away well enough and the floor cleaned. Other work caught up, So I hooked up the power supply and turned on the switch. The spark gap hissed nicely and there were no loud noises. I took out an old florescent tub, turned off the lights and  examined the fields. Emm……….. kind of weak. Turned things off after 10 minutes and had a late lunch.

Later in the evening, turned the lights off. Now dark and tested again. Discovered illumination inside the disk. After some crawling around found an arc, a short between the back of the pin cushion and the shell coil ground wire. Almost the center of everything, Damn! now I must take things apart and reroute a wire and seal the old route.

At least this design can be taken apart and changed.  pg

Hurrah! The Experiment is in it’s new home.

Condenser Disk on shop deck

Condenser Disk on shop deck




The disk has moved or at least we moved it!

Yesterday afternoon the deck/ceiling of the warehouse/shop was sufficiently completed and I had  5 strong men, me included, available. We moved the experiment to it’s new home.  FINALLY!  Still creating walls within the timber framing and it needs a roof. Maybe tarps this year and a real roof next year.  At least, now the disk has a home where I can work on finishing it and set up testing mounts. Below the deck is a warehouse dug into the hillside. The front wall, seen here. is masonry, 10 feet down into bedrock with the backside wall at ground level. more on this later.  pg