UK Teslathon, Corby 27th May 2000
Despite slightly better lighting conditions this year (cloudy!), I didn't get many
especially good spark pictures of this event, below are just a few odds & ends I
managed to snap. See http://www.tcbouk.org.uk/
for more info on UK teslathons past and future.
What we need is MORE POWER! Ritchie Burnett, Steve Rodway and Bob
Golding add yet another paralleled transformer to Alan's coil for the UK spark-length
(Left) Not-very-successful attempt to use a large xenon flashtube as a 'strike detector',
in series with the ground rod when attempting spark length record. Unfortunately the
capacitance of the ground rod meant that the tube lit only slightly brighter when the rod
was hit than it did due to the general amount of e-field surrounding the coil when
running. Striking the tube end directly, however gave a very impressive glow
Tim Davey and Mike Tucknott demonstrate Tim's Van-De-Graff generator in
hair-raising fashion (groan!).
Steve Bell's very impressive aluminium-cased control box, complete with
combination lock and numerous safety interlocks.
(Left) Alan Sharp's control box, showing innovative use of a pushchair wheel as a variac
I didn't really have time to get anything together for the event, so I
brought a few items shown on this site for people to see first-hand, including some
valves, nixie clock and a ball-bearing
(Left) The usual suspects... (Right) the magnificent trophies presented
to all the people who brought coils