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in Tesla and his work. > Tesla Book Company, PO BOX 121873, CHULA VISTA, CA 91912 This catalog is pretty good: Tesla Coil handbooks, Tesla Coil design manuals, coil plans, Tesla's Diary, Tesla's Lectures, Colorado Springs Notes, and many other titles. The catalog has a 1-800-398-2056 information/order line. > Twenty First Century Books, Box 2001, Breckenridge, CO. 80424. Twenty First Century Books also has a very complete Tesla book catalog, with several new titles (first edition of Tesla's "New York Lecture, April 6 1897" to name one). Tel: 303-453-9293 > Lindsay Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 12, Bradley, IL. 60915 > Voice - 815-935-5353 ; Fax - 815-935-5477 Lindsay also offers a good selection of Tesla literature, classic electronics publications, reprints, and T-Coil Design software. Ask for their new Technical Catalog available this week. > High Voltage Press, 4326 S.E. Woodstock, #489, Portland > OR 97206 USA Tel: 503-775-3209 Publishes and sells the three booklets by George Trinkaus > THE INTERNATIONAL TESLA SOCIETY, INC, (ITS) P.O. Box 5636, > Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80931, USA The ITS has a book shop that mail orders: > High Energy Enterprises, P.O. Box 5636, Colorado Springs, CO. > 80931, USA Tel: 719-475-0918, Fax: 719-475-0582 This source has many good Tesla publications and literature/ instructions on high voltage devices; historical and modern. I would vote this the most improved catalog of Tesla literature in 1994. Get the "1995 Resource Guide" which is the best and most comprehensive Tesla catalog I have seen to date: oscillator handbooks, HV capacitor construction guides, Tesla Coil construction guides/manuals/software, Tesla's Colorado Springs Notes, Radio Tesla, Tesla's Diary Comparisons, and many, many more Tesla titles. A must have catalog for any Tesla buff. To get a complete listing of the books, pamphlets, and software I have reviewed below, you will need to contact all of the book sources above. There will be some duplication of titles, but a unique gem or two will be found from each source. These book sources also cater to fringe "science" people. I tend to stay away from titles with words/phrases: free-energy-scalar-wavezero-point-gravitobiology-time-travel, etc.. I include this material in the fringe or "crackpot" scientist catagory. Of course, what you do is your business, but: CAVEAT EMPTOR! > The TESLA COIL BUILDERS ASSOCIATION, (TCBA) Harry Goldman, 3 > AMY LANE, QUEENSBURY, NEW YORK, 12804, USA. Publishes a quarterly newsletter NEWS, with parts mart, Q&A, reader project, historical project, topical reprints (such as the two Popular Science projects recently mentioned here), etc.. Back
issues and index are available, tell Harry I sent you! > Information Unlimited, P.O. Box 716, Amherst, NH., 03031, USA Tesla Coils, rail guns, lasers, tasers, plasma cutters, Jacob's ladders, stun guns, plasma globes, HV power supplies,... Completed units, kits, parts, or just plans. Nice catalog. Tel: 603-673-4730, Fax: 603-672-5406, Order: 800-221-1705 > The U.S. Patent Office, Washington, DC. Copies of Tesla's patents are available for $1.50 each. You must specify patent numbers. > Tesla Information, 18321 Edgewood Ave., Villa Park, CA. 92667 They carried Tesla coil design instructions, manuals, and supplimentary papers and manuscripts. > Vangard Sciences, P.O. BOX 1031, Mesquite, TX, 75150 BBS: 214-324-3501; Has Tesla software, Tesla papers and Tesla info; public domain information accepted and available. > Barnes & Nobel Booksellers, 126 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011 Tel: 1-800-242-6657. I list them because they have really been increasing their number of Tesla titles. In addition to a couple of books reviewed below, they also have a video tape: NIKOLA TESLA: THE GENIUS WHO LIT THE WORLD, that takes the viewer inside the Tesla museum in Belgrad, Yugoslavia where some of Tesla's handmade exhibition equipment was still operational, and his original demonstrations are reproduced. > Tesla Memorial Society, 453 Martin Rd. Lackawanna, NY, 14218 Produced the video mentioned above. > email@example.com Internet mailing list for Tesla info, files (public domain), or, write to: Chip Atkinson, 7675 Matai Court, Niwot, CO. 80503 Tel: 303-652-3616 ... Books to look out for: > THE COLORADO SPRINGS NOTES, 1899-1900 By Nikola Tesla... Hardcover, 440pp, Published by NOLIT, Beograd, Yugoslavia, 1978. At the time of his death, Tesla was actually a Yugoslavian dependant. Recognized as a national hero, the government of Yugoslavia had set up a small trust fund to insure Tesla had rent and food. When he died in 1943, his personal effects were examined, plundered a bit, then forwarded to his next of kin, Yugoslavia, who built a museum in Belgrad (spel Belgrade & Beograd) to house them. In the mid 1970s the Tesla Museum organized Tesla's notes from the 1899-1900 experiments at Colorado Springs, CO., and sent them to the museum publisher NOLIT. This edition ran in 1978. Prefaced and annotated by Dr. Aleksandar Marincic, Assoc. Prof. of EE Beograd Univ. and advisor to the Nikola Tesla Museum, Yugoslavia; it transcribes Tesla's original english manuscript w/schematics, and B&W photos. > NICKOLA TESLA ON HIS WORK WITH ALTERNATING CURRENTS > AND THEIR APPLICATION TO WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY, TELEPHONY, > AND TRANSMISSION OF POWER
This is a fine product of a modern legal research, edited by Leland I. Anderson, published in 1992 by Sun Publishing, Div. of Boyle & Anderson, Denver, CO., 80219. Library of Congress Catalog #92-60482, ISBN 0-9632652-0-2, paper 237pp; this book is the transcript of Tesla's pre-hearing interview conducted by his legal counsel in 1916. The interview was precipitated by a number of pending court cases in the fledgling radio industry. One of the attorneys conducting the interview held an EE degree. Photos, patent covers, schematics, mechanical drawings, etc. were submitted by Tesla as the stenographer recorded his answers and explanations. None of this material was intended for print, and there is no question as to accuracy or authenticity. His testimony and depositions led to a US Supreme Court decision in his favor 1943. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! > NIKOLA TESLA: LECTURE BEFORE THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES > - APRIL 6, 1897 Nikola Tesla, 1897, (edited and prefaced by Leland I. Anderson) published by Twenty First Century Books, 1994, Library of Congress Card No.: 94-61004, ISBN 0-9636012-1-0 (hard cover) ISBN 0-9636012-7-X (soft cover), 123pp, $12.95 cover price. This is a real gem. Tesla was the third speaker of the evening April 6. The hour grew late and the presentation was cut short. Leland Anderson has retrieved the entire lecture as it was originally written by Tesla, and has included the sections that Tesla had determined not to present due to conflicts with pending patent applications. The lecture covers coil construction (complete with techniques, drawings, and photos), radio schematics, the AND logic gate schematic (incredible), radio and X-Ray tube construction and experiments. This is another overwhelming proof that Tesla was at least a half a century ahead of his time. One resonator schematic used for production of X-Rays was heralded as a great improvement when it was re-invented 38 years later by D. Sloan. This is no interpretation, this is the original work. Highly Recommended > EXPERIMENTS WITH ALTERNATE CURRENTS OF HIGH POTENTIAL AND > HIGH FREQUENCY: A Lecture delivered before the Institution > of Electrical Engineers, London by Nikola Tesla, with an appendix by the same author: > TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRIC ENERGY WITHOUT WIRES 1904, Mcgraw Publishing Co., New York, reprinted 1986, Angriff Press, P.O.BOX 2726, Hollywood CA 90078, 162pp, ISBN 913022-25-X The title is a pretty apt description. The lecture (presented in 1895) covers his RF work and lighting systems with details of single terminal bulb design, circuits, and some coil design and construction. Tesla also expands on his ideas for wireless power transmission that were presented in a lecture in St. Louis in 1893. The appendix is quite interesting, and consists of a reprint of an article that was solicted by "Electrical World and Engineer" magazine for their 30th aniversary issue, March 5, 1904. At the time the appendix article was written, Tesla's Wardenclyff project was beginning to show signs of stalling: cost overruns, construction delays, and problems with financing. The project of course never saw commercial completion, though Tesla did fire it for experimental purposes. > THE INVENTIONS RESEARCHES & WRITINGS OF NIKOLA TESLA
Nikola Tesla, 1893 (edited and prefaced by Thomas Commerford Martin), ISBN 0-88029-812-X, published by Barnes & Nobel (1992 second edition). 512pp, hardcover, (Item #1774447, $9.98 US) Transcripts of Tesla's famous lectures and articles up to December 1893, with many sketches, schematics, and wiring diagrams of Tesla polyphase systems, bulbs, RF systems etc.. > THE COMPLETE PATENTS OF NIKOLA TESLA Nikola Tesla, edited by Jim Glenn; 1994, ISBN 1-56619-266-8, Barnes & Nobel, paperback, 535 pp, $14.98 (plus a couple of bucks shipping and handling in the U.S.), Barnes & Nobel item # 1903210 The title says "THE COMPLETE PATENTS", but Tesla, fluent in at least five languages, had dozens of additional patents approved in countries outside the U.S.; however, all one hundred and twelve U.S. patents are reproduced in their entirety. > JOHN STONE STONE ON NIKOLA TESLA'S PRIORITY IN RADIO AND > CONTINUOUS-WAVE RADIOFREQUENCY APPARATUS edited by Leland I. Anderson, published as "THE A.W.A. REVIEW" Volume I, 1986 by the Antique Wireless Association, Inc., Holcomb, New York, 14469. I received this 41 page paperback booklet courtesy of Leland I. Anderson and was very impressed with Stone's views and interpretations of Tesla's work. John Stone Stone was witness to Tesla's famous trio of lectures in New York in 1891. Stone went on to a career in wireless, making an association with Lee de Forest (inventor of the audion, the first triode tube amplifier), then going on to become a leader of the Institute of Radio Engineers: president in 1914-1915, Medal of Honor 1923. Stone devoted his entire life to developing radio. Needless to say, his work was greatly influenced by Tesla; he clearly and concisely traces the radio industry back to Tesla's 1891 lectures and Tesla's patents that followed. Excellent! > NIKOLA TESLA'S DIARY 1899 - 1900 John T. Ratzlaff & Fred A. Jost, 1979, Tesla Book Co., ISBN 0-9603536-0-7, paperback, 182pp. This book opens with the corrections, omissions, and comments on the 1978 NOLIT publication, THE COLORADO SPRINGS NOTES 1899-1900 by N. Tesla. Ratzlaff went the Beograd museum, carefully examined Tesla's original documents, and noted the errors in the NOLIT edition. The second section proceeds with the full translation of the commentary by Prof. Aleksandar Marincic, the museum consultant. Prof. Marincic's original comments were edited from 67pp in his original Serbo-Croatian, to only 37pp in the NOLIT english translation. The loss of commentary was significant, and should be read in full to get a better understanding of Tesla's Colorado Springs work. Ratzlaff then moves to include the correspondence between Tesla and George Scherff (who managed Tesla's New York lab during Tesla stay in Colorado Springs) which gives an insight of the equipment Tesla was using, and his day to day concerns. The book concludes with six selected Tesla patents needed to better understand Prof. Marincic comments. Required reading! > GUIDE TO COLORADO SPRINGS NOTES Richard Hull, 1994, published by Twenty First Century Books, or available from the author: Richard Hull, 7103 Hermatiage Road, Richmond VA, 23228. ISBN# 0-9636012-2-9, paperback, 129 pages. Richard Hull is head of an informal group: Tesla Coil Builders Of
Richmond (T.C.B.O.R.), which is currently the world leader in Tesla Magnifier development. As such, Mr. Hull is qualified to review and guide the reader through Tesla's sometimes cryptic notes from the Colorado Springs Lab. Mr. Hull converts all of Tesla's archaic units of measurments into the modern Farads, Henrys, and Hertz, then explains Tesla's experiments so anyone can clearly understand what he did. Mr. Hull slants the perspective toward the practical coiler who is looking for better power processing efficiency. Included is a 32 page appendix with numerous closeup photos of the author's Magnifier lab. Cost is $22.50 (which includes shipping and handling in the U.S.), and well worth the price. Mr. Hull also offers a video tape series which includes a video presentation on the construction of homemade pulse discharging high-voltage capacitors (Video #3). > VACUUM TUBE TESLA COILS James F. Corum, Ph.D. and Kenneth L. Corum, 1987, published by Corum & Assoc, Inc., 8551 State Route 534, Windsor, Ohio, 44099, USA. ISBN 0-924758-00-7. Tesla Math, tube coil circuits, theory. This book is geared more for the advanced coiler with some knowledge of calculus, but offers enough for the beginner to be on the "read" list. This book is a guide to the significance of Tesla's Extra Coil work, the infamous lab at Colorado Springs, and the history of resonators. Many charts are easily understood. > TESLA, MAN OUT OF TIME Margaret Cheney, 1981, published by Dorset Press, ISBN 0-88029419-1; available from Barnes & Nobel, 320pp, hardcover, (Barnes & Nobel item #1611151, $7.98 US). Well balanced and researched biography of Tesla; accurate, informative, and good reading. > PRODIGAL GENIUS THE LIFE OF NIKOLA TESLA John J. O'Neil, 1944 reprinted 1978, Angriff Press, P.O.BOX 2726, Hollywood, CA 90078, no ISBN or Lib of Congress No, paper 326pp. John J. O'Neil was a friend of Tesla's in the newspaper and publishing business and began work on this book shortly after Tesla died. The biographical details are complete, Tesla is portrayed fairly and in his best light. This book falls short in technical presentation; while it was not the author's purpose to burden the reader with technicals, the chapter on Tesla's work at Colorado Springs and details of the oscillator there are woefully inaccurate. Still, a good reader. > RADIO TESLA: The secret of Tesla's Radio and Wireless power George Trinkaus, 1983, High Voltage Press; No ISBN; booklet 37pp. This paper is both unique and informative. At the time it was written the Tesla Magnifier was still a mystery, but the rest of this publication shines. The sections on grounding and earth conduction are excellent. Trinkaus has pasted in wiring diagrams, patent covers, schematics, drawings, and photos of classical radio and high-voltage circuits and components such as: coherers, magnetic detectors, vacuum tube detectors, crystal detectors, rotating rectifiers, Marx generators, Tesla mutiplex, Tesla regenerative, Tesla's hetrodyne, Tesla Tanks, resonance; all pictured next to clear and concise text explanations. Not only is this book easy to read, but it opens the mind. > TESLA'S MAGNIFYING TRANSMITTER
Marc J. Seifer, Ph.D., 1986, published by the author, BOX 32, Kingston, RI 02881, no ISBN or Lib.of Cong. No., booklet 37pp. This is a chapter (Section 6) taken from Dr. Seifer's doctoral thesis on Tesla. The author has done his homework to provide a good overview of the Tesla transmitter theory without getting too techincal. Many of Tesla's patents are tied together showing how Tesla may have intended the use of advanced multiplex circuits and superconducting coils in his commercial transmitter stations. Good use of references, excellent bibliography. > PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1988 INTERNATIONAL TESLA SYMPOSIUM edited by Steven R. Elswick, 1988, published by the International Tesla Society, ISBN 0-9620394-2-X, 185pp. This book is a compilation of the papers that were presented in 1988 at the Symposium in Colorado Springs. Authors include Dr. James and Kenneth Corum, Dr. Marc J. Seifer, and Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher to name just a few of the better ones. Several of these papers are significant, as the focus of much of the conference concerned resonate modes of the earth and Tesla's Colorado Springs and the Wardenclyff oscillators. Other papers centered on: Tesla beam weapons (no real data presented), electrotherapy, and the AC/DC wars. The conference ended with several worthless (reviewer's op) papers on "zero-point-N-machine-levitation-"lost"-unified-theory"...uggg... > THE TESLA EXPERIMENT: LIGHTNING AND EARTH ELECTRICAL RESONANCE > A Commentary on 1983 Research & Test Results Charles A. Yost, 1983, Dynamic Systems, Inc., Leicester, NC, published by Tesla Book Co., no ISBN or catalog #, booklet, 40pp. This paper by Charles Yost is very interesting in that it provides modern, reproducable data, from a simple roof antenna, coax, ground, and a Hewlett Packard 1207A Storage Tube O'scope. The experiment measures electrostatic transients caused by lightning strikes up to 50 miles away and presents the unaltered data which strongly supports Tesla's earth resonant ideas. > ELECTRICITY AT HIGH PRESSURES AND FREQUENCIES Henry L. Transtrom, orginally published: 1913, second edition 1921, Joseph G. Branch Publishing, Chicago; Reprinted 1990, ISBN 1-55918-054-4, Lindsay Publications, Bradley, Illinois, 60915. Paperback, 247pp, Lindsay # 20544, $ 11.95. Excellent technical book; useful in designing coil control systems, coils, (calc.) inductance, field strengths, capacitance, etc.. Classic transformer reference text, but the Tesla coil/capacitor designs are primitive by today's standards. > HIGH FREQUENCY APPARATUS Thomas Stanley Curtis, 1916, Everday Mechanics Co., Inc., New York; Reprinted 1988, paper ISBN 1-55918-003-X, cloth ISBN 55918004-8, Lindsay Publications Inc., Bradley IL. 60915. Paperback, 246pp, Lindsay order number 20030, $ 11.95 : Classic coil text, much of which was reprinted in 1985 by R.A. Ford in his book "Tesla Coil Secrets". "Classic" means before the age of plastics, and these historical coils and coil components frequently lack efficiency, reliablity, and safety. Good spark gap and xfmr info. > TESLA COIL SECRETS: Construction Notes and Novel Uses R.A. Ford, 1985, Lindsay Publications, Inc., Bradley IL 60915 ISBN 0-917914-31-7, paperback, 74pp. Ford researches and repro-
duces several classic Tesla coil and component designs from publications of yesteryear. He updated nothing, but did include a decent section on rotary spark gaps... **************Imported*text************************************* MB> I hope the following information on Tesla books will be of MB> interest to some of you. - Mark Brown MB> MB> MB> MB> MB> I recently purchased the following books from Lindsay Publications, Bradley IL 60915: Their Technical Books catalog has many Tesla Coil books in it. Their service was EXCELLENT!! I have tagged each book with a brief "review." The opinions are my own. Lindsay order numbers are given (#).
> DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF INDUCTION COILS # 20404, $ 12.95; Step-by-step guide to building your own induction coil. Reprint from early 20th century magazine project. Fascinating, but many turned brass parts, etc.. > EXPERIMENTS WITH ALTERNATE CURRENTS OF HIGH POTENTIAL # 4392, $ 9.95; (no review given by Mark, but it is an EXCELLENT experiment book) > HOW TO BUILD A 40,000 VOLT INDUCTION COIL # 844, $ 4.95; A solid state design that uses a surplus auto ignition coil and a power transistor. Almost all Radio Shack parts. Small booklet. Some info on Kirlian photography, ozone production, etc. Interesting (and easy - no coil winding) project, but not a Tesla coil. > HIGH POWER WIRELESS EQUIPMENT # 4953, $ 9.95; Step-by-step process from old radio magazine on building an spark-gap transmitter. Nice historical information, fascinating processes and diagrams. > TESLA'S LOST INVENTIONS # 748, $ 5.95; Booklet (by George Trinkaus). Short descriptions of several of Tesla's most interesting inventions, including turbines, etc. Good, but too short! ***************End*of*imported*text****************************** > TESLA COIL DESIGN MANUAL > JHCTES TESLA COIL DESIGN SOFTWARE > TESLA HANDBOOK > TESLA COIL CONSTRUCTION GUIDE (Separate Titles) John H. Couture, 1992, 1992, 1988, & 1994; JHC Engineering Co., 10823 New Salem Point, San Diego, CA., 92126 USA. No ISBN or Lib. of Congress catalog #, but these are available from the author and the bookdealers listed previously. The first two titles are based on John Couture's design theory and some empirical data. The basic math for 1/4 wave coil winding, tank circuit design, performance, etc., is well laid out, but when it comes to using his charts to predict the best design parameters, it falls short. Many of my best coils would never have been built if I had gone by his data. His JHCTES TESLA COIL DESIGN SOFTWARE also kicks out my coil designs, saying they exceed the construction voltage breakdown limits! The program is based on the same sets of data.
The TESLA COIL CONSTRUCTION GUIDE is a 1994 update of the TESLA COIL DESIGN MANUAL. This update does away with some of the problems of the earlier publications, but the author still advises that coils be wound with insulated stranded wire, and advocates using small (even tiny) primaries, large capacitors and small dischargers. These guidelines indicate that John Couture's design process is derived more from radio theory, and not from years of experience in actual Tesla coil construction and testing. Coils built with this design method do work, but they require larger power supplies, and they sacrifice a lot efficiency and reliability. His grounding suggestions have improved only slightly from his previous titles (they are still inadequate), but his ideas for RF filters and choking are now closer in agreement with mine. A beginner would find this a useful book. Couture has laid out some good wiring diagrams, wire tables, some "OK" coil plans, Faraday cage instructions, and a series of experiments. As usual, his math section is very well thought out and organized. > TESLA COILS! 100 Years of Electrical Magic Brent C. Turner, 1991, no ISBN or publisher. Briefly covers three basic coil types; Spark Gap, Vacuum Tube, Solid State. Useful to have for the wiring diagrams, specs, and basic math. I have no address for Brent, but this book should be available from at least one of the bookdealers who specialize in Tesla. > TESLA COIL George Trinkaus, 1986, 1987, & 1989, Third Edition, Extensively Revised. No ISBN, published by High Voltage Press, 4326 S.E. Woodstock, #489, Portland, OR., 97206 ($4.95). Mr. Trinkaus has a few Tesla booklets out for under $10.00. This one is a simple Tesla Coil built from scratch: neon sign xfrmr, beer bottle salt water capacitor, brass bolt spark gaps, PVC plastic pipe secondary, primary wound on a Rubbermaid "Servin' Saver" bowl, copper toilet tank float for a discharger... Need I say more? > TABLE-TOP LIGHTNING : HOW TO BUILD A > POWERFUL, COMPACT, TESLA COIL Lloyd F. Ritchey, Jr., 1992, published by the Tesla Book Co., paperback, 38pp, ISBN: 0-914119-26-5. The author also advertises manuals, kits, and parts: Ritchey Productions, 7803 Stanford, Dallas, TX 75225, USA.. This short booklet details the plans for two basic Tesla coils evolved from the "classical" designs of the 1920s and 30s. While I am sure the coils that are detailed will live up to the promised performance of 24 inches of spark... My own designs and techniques are years ahead of Mr. Ritchey. I found the book to be full of the misunderstandings and misinformation that are extensions of the design errors that coilers began making 70 years ago. I like a high inductance, all plastic, hermetically sealed secondary coil with no holes in the coil form and a large high Q copper pipe primary that can be tapped for a wide range of efficient operating frequencies; I am sorry Mr. Ritchey, you missed the boat to the 20th century. > MODERN TESLA COIL THEORY Duane A. Bylund, 1990, Tesla Book Co., no ISBN or Lib. of Congress No, paperback 142pp. Duane has developed very powerful, efficient, and reliable, solid state oscillator circuits for base
feeding Tesla resonators. These solid state driver and coil designs are excellent for lighting bulbs and for conducting experiments with wireless power transmission through ground currents. The book is also chock full of Tesla math and theory, and includes chapters on spark gap and tube coils, sections on waveforms, grounding and counterpoise experiments, multiphase coil systems. This is a must have book for any serious coiler. > THE CAPACITOR HANDBOOK Cletus J. Kaiser, 1993, CJ Publishing, 2851 W. 127th St., Olathe, KS 66061, ISBN 0-442-01558-5, Lib. of Congress No. 92-35798, hardcover 124pp. This is a nice little book. I found it both interesting and useful, but still not the last word in a capacitor reference book. The book opens with a chapter explaining theory, including basic math, then moves on to separate chapters for each type of commercial capacitor design. The book concludes with a very nice math appendix, a decent glossary, and bibliography. What I found missing were dielectric tables, which given the detail of the rest of the book seemed a glaring omission. > HIGH VOLTAGE CAPACITOR DESIGN HANDBOOK K.R. Scott, 1994, published by Lambda Publishing Group, P.O.BOX 1894 Lawrence, KS, 66044-8894, USA. No ISBN number, booklet of about 25 pages, cover price $6.50. This is a compilation of reprints from: old Pop. Magazine capacitor projects, a Tesla patent, some capacitor descriptions from an old radio catalog, some instructions taken from Transtrom's book (reviewed above) and finally; some recent tables showing electrical properties and constants for modern plastics, and several pages of essential capacitor math (which you could photocopy out of any current amateur radio or electrical engineering handbook). > THE TESLA COIL COMPENDIUM Randall S. Peterson, no date, ISBN, publisher, etc.. I guess it is available from Randy at: 16671 T.R.51, MT. Cory, Ohio, 45868 This publication is a compilation of Randy's favorite designs. The coils are "OK", but a little dated. Randy used to ship out complete kits and fully assembled coils in his spare time... > MODERN RESONANCE TRANSFORMER DESIGN THEORY D.C. Cox, no date or ISBN, published by the Tesla Book Co.. I will quote from the inside jacket: "This book was written and dedicated to the young coil builders who will design, modify, measure, test, and evaluate today's technology, and then, design and develop tomorrows highly efficient Tesla coil systems." I don't think I ever got a thing out of this book, although it does have design math, toroid math, etc.. DC Cox is a pro, and his company Resonance Research, designs and builds museum coils; but never forget he is in it for the $$$$$... ... Additional resources, reviews > Resonance Research Corp. RTE. 1, Shadylane Rd. Baraboo, WI > 53913 USA, Tel: 608-356-3647 This is D.C. Cox's company (see publication notes above) and I assume he sells completed coils, plans, and parts (sources say he sells rotary gaps). But he won't reply to even an information request without $10.00 in his hands (no personal checks accepted:
bank money orders or cashiers checks only).... Go Figure... > Tesla Technology Research, 2527 Treelane Ave, Monrovia, CA > 91016 USA Bill Wysock is a well known, respected coiler, and (at least until his the July 94 ZAP SHOW at the Colorado Springs Tesla Symposium) reliable coiler. My sources say he sells rotary gaps. > THE BELL JAR Journal on vacuum work written by Steve Hanson and published quarterly, $15.00, 35 Windsor Drive, Amherst, NH, 03031 Many high voltage projects. > THE TESLA COIL DESIGNER IBM DOS coil construction software by Walt Noon. Available from Lindsay Publications, others. This is a first class Tesla Coil design package that reduces the hours and hours of paper, pencil, and calculator time to mere seconds. All constants and formulas are already programed into the menu driven package, just "plug n chug" for a fast accurate custom coil design. Write to: Walt Noon III, 3283 Belvedere, Riverside, CA 92507 USA > October 1992, Popular Electronics pp 69-71, Fun With Tesla > Coils, by Charles D. Rakes This article builds a small solid state coil using a driver oscillator which base feeds the HV HF Coil. The project uses a 567 tone decoder IC, a few resistors, caps, and a power supply to drive a small coil to light bulbs etc.. The secondary is wound on a piece of 4" PVC, looks simple and inexpensive (~$80.00). My archives contain a self extracting program (TESLABLD.EXE) that gives detailed instructions on building this project. > November 1993, Electronics World + Wireless World, (magazine) pp 937-942. "The spark that gave RADIO to the world", by George Pickworth: "Marconi" this and "Marconi" that; Tesla mentioned only once; but it did have clear photos and diagrams of what not to do... As well as useful photos of damped wave trains produced with authentic gap systems. A good general explanation of spark gap types and functions. > BUILD YOUR OWN LASER, PHASER, ION RAY GUN & Other working Space > age Projects by Robert E. Iannini. Sounds goofy, but there a lot of interesting and workable designs here. One chapter on a neon sign transformer based tesla coil. ~250,000volts. > GADGETEER's GOLDMINE by Gordon McComb. Similar to above. Lots of parts sources listed. Also has a chapter on building your own PLASMA GLOBE. > RADIO ELECTRONICS - SEPTEMBER 1991 This issue has a construction project for a soild state tesla coil by Duane A. Bylund. ~ 100,000volt system > INTERNET-freebie; Check out anon ftp to ftp.ee.ualberta.ca (circuit cookbook directory) There is a nice small book by Harry Suomalainen called TESLA COIL THEORY AND APPLICATIONS - it's in POSTSCRIPT
> A SOLID-STATE LOW-VOLTAGE TESLA COIL DEMONSTRATOR by Donald G. > Bruns, American Journal of Physics. #60 (9), Sept. 1992, pg 797 *****Parts*&*Supplies******************************************** > Vacuum Tube Industries, Inc., 506 North Warren Avenue, > P.O. Box 2009, Brockton, MA. 02405 USA > tel: 508-584-4500, tel: 800-528-5014, fax: 508-584-0096 Specialize in new and rebuilt 450 KC power tubes for commercial RF induction heaters and the supply & control xfrmrs, cooling loops, etc.. These are the type tubes I would use for a CW coil. > The Condenser Products Corp., 2131 Broad Street, > Brooksville, FL 34609 USA > Tel: 904-796-3561, Fax 904-799-0221 Manufacturers of commercial high-voltage plastic film, pulse discharge, (Tesla) capacitance. Minimum order $150.00, minimum shipping time about 6 weeks. These are where my big commercial capacitors come from, as they will build them to your specs. > Larry J. Rebman, The Transformer Bank, Inc., University > Technology Center, 1313 Fifth St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55415 > Tel: (612) 379-3958, Fax: (612) 379-5962 Suppliers of surplus high voltage transformers and transmission equipment. Good source of non-shunted step up xfrmrs. > Jefferson Electric Co., Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA > phone is (708) 806-6500. Manufactures and supplies neon sign transformers > NWL Capacitors, 1 Industrial Dr., Snow Hill, NC 28580 > Tel: 908-842-5757 FAX 908-842-1161 or as it was given to me by a reliable coiler... > NWL CAPACITORS, 8050 Monetary Dr., Riviera Beach, FL., 33404 > Tel: 407-848-9009 Custom manufactured high voltage pulse discharge Tesla caps... NWL Transformers is a sister company in Bordentown, NJ, BTW. > Sprague Electronics, 134 Fulton Ave. > Garden City Park, NY 11040 USA Source of high voltage capacitors. TS> Plastic Capacitors, 2623 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 99120 TS> Tel: 312-489-2229. High-Voltage, pulse discharge, plastic film (Tesla) Capacitance TS> Cornell-Dubilier, 1605 E. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, TS> MA 02744, Tel: 508-996-8564 They bought out Sangamo > Danny Churchill at Commercial Radio Co. in VT, 802-226-7582, sometimes has some interesting stuff around. I bet you'd find him interesting even if he didn't have whatever model you currently need. Among other things, he manufactures custom high-voltage inductors and transformers, in an old 3 story brick schoolhouse converted to a factory/warehouse. (T.S.)
> Hipotronics, Inc., RTE.22, Brewster, New York, 10590 (or 10509) > TEL: 914-279-8091 Manufacturers of high-voltage test equipment. Capacitors, transformers, bussing, toroids, etc. are available. These are the guys who make the test gear that power utilities use to destroy their xmission equipment to determine breakdown limits. > CSI Capacitors, 810 Rancheros Dr. San Marcos, CA, 96069 > TEL: 619-747-4000 Another source of custom made, commercial plastic film, highvoltage, pulse discharging, (Tesla type) capacitance. Ask about left over units from production runs, sometimes you will find a bargin in a top quality cap. > Hi-Way Company, Surplus Electronics, 305 Wisconsin Ave. > Oceanside, CA 92054 Tel: 619/967-7225 Surplus Sprague HVDC rated capacitors, excellent bypass caps > Maxwell Labs, Inc., 8888-G Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA, 92123 > TEL: 619-279-5100 Manufacturer of commercial high-voltage equipment, capacitors, power supplies, etc.. > Antique Electronic Supply, P.O. Box 27468, Tempe, AZ, 85285 > TEL: 602-820-5411 Source for the tube coil builder, many old/rare vacuum tubes and related equipment (sockets, mica caps, power supplies, etc.) for projects like "Lil Tesla Coil" of the 1960's Pop Electronics era. > Weisner Electronics, 149 Hunter Ave, Albany, NY, 12206 > TEL: 518-438-2801 Another source for the tube coiler. Plate xfmrs, mica caps, tubes, etc.. > Daily Electronics, P.O. Box 5029, Compton, CA., 90224 > Tel: 213-774-1255 High powered triodes for Tube Tesla (Continous Wave) coils. > Fair Radio Sales, P.O. Box 1105, Lima, OH (no zip given) > Tel: 419-223-2196, 419-227-6573, FAX 419-227-1313 "One of the best sources for electronic surplus." H.Goldman > The Coax Connection: Joe Cassata, 10 S. Meadow lane > Naperville, Ill. 60564, Phone# (708)-420-0342 Here is a good source for coax cable AND magnet wire, He carrys in stock sizes from #22 gauge to #10 gauge, and can order other sizes. He sells by the pound and his prices are decent. Good quality stuff! <Mark Graalman> > American Welding & Fabrication, 333 E. Highbanks Rd #25 > Debary FL 32713 USA Supplier of spun aluminum toriod and sphere discharge terminals. > Ross Engineering Corp., 540 Westchester Dr. Campbell, CA Supplier of discharge terminals > Tungsten face on steel slug spark gap electrodes The Miller (welding supplies/parts) part numbers are: 95008
095 621 base $3.50 020 622 point holder $8.52 020 603 HF point $3.25 Prices are for each piece.
porcelain, each one holds 2 gaps Al, 4/base, cooling fins all around steel slug w/ tungsten face, 4/base This also comes as an assembly.
> Get the latest catalog from Marlin P. Jones & Assoc. Inc. > P.O.BOX 12685, Lake Park, FL 33403 USA > Fax 1-800-4329-9937, Fax 407-844-8764, Tel: 407-848-8236 Sources for surplus: ferrite toriod cores for HV RF chokes, Current transformers for panel ammeters, EMI line filters, meters, power control relays, etc.. > Another good catalog: C & H Sales Co., 2179 E COLORADO BLVD > PO BOX 5356, PASADENA CA 91117-9988 USA Fax: 818-796-4875 Tel: 800-325-9465 Tel: 213-681-4925, Tel: 818-796-2628 Filters, meters, fans, relays, switches, HV & LV capacitors, LV transformers, variacs, etc. > Edward Wingate, "Wingate Electric", 545 Salmon Creek Rd. > Brockport, NY 14420 USA I list this address for completeness. CAVEAT EMPTOR! Mr. Wingate is mailing flyers advertising rotary spark gaps. This "company" was not registered in the state of New York when I last checked, and I had to cancel my dealings and association with Mr. Wingate due to problems of shifting prices and shipping dates. Headache. > Richard T. Quick II, 10028 Manchester Rd., Suite 253, Glendale, > Missouri, 63122, USA I have a two hour video tape that documents my 10" diameter secondary coil and 10 KVA power supply in operation. It covers a wide area of related high voltage experiments and techniques. (Jacob's Ladder, RF choking, spark gaps, critical coupling, etc.) Due to the dangerous nature of this work I cannot be responsible for the safety of life, limb, or property should anyone choose to, or attempt to, reproduce any of the equipment or experiments featured on the video. To obtain a copy: send a blank, high quality, VHS video tape; a first class postage pre-paid, self addressed mailer; and $10.00 US. I will happily trade tapes. This text file gets regular updates, as I both see and receive, many requests for information on this subject. YOUR references or reviews would be welcomed additions to this file. While I always try to be as accurate as possible, there are no assurances that ANY of the information posted here is error free, or, that there is no risk in acting on this information. Revelant text files from this (and related threads), my GIF file spark gap diagrams (w/text instructions & parts lists), GIF wiring diagrams and circuit schematics (with accompanying text instructions/explanations), as well as Tesla Coil shareware calculator programs and other public domain programs/material, are available. This information/software is also mailed out at no charge to anyone who sends me a self addressed postage pre-paid mailer and a blank 1.44 floppy disk. Richard Quick
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