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Teslathon & tesla workshop/talk Venues needed

EE are actively looking for venues for teslathons in the East Midlands for next year.

Places to hold our events are getting few and far between, mostly because of our “special” requirements.

What is a teslathon : A tesalthon is a meeting of tesla coil enthusiasts. Our tesla coils vary in size from tabletop to 3M tall and are all built by amateurs.

I have been running teslathons for 18+ years and have Risk assessments and method statements to cover the H&S aspects to our hobby.

So what do we need?

The Must have’s

A room with tables a minimum of 11M x 8M in size, on the ground floor that can be blacked out and a ceiling height of ideally more than 4M. Bigger of course is better. We usually have 20 or so coilers and 30-60 visitors to the events.

Plenty of 13A sockets (for our bigger events, a 32A Commando or accessible cooker socket would be needed, or an electrician on site to give support.)
Some method of providing a separate electrical earth. 10 or more tables.

Tea and coffee making facilities 🙂

Other needs (can generally be worked around)

The room needs a minimum (ideally non) of Burglar alarm, Fire alarm or network cables. Electronic lighting can be OK, but they must be high the ceiling. Fire sensors are generally OK, but they must not be of the ionisation type.

Ideal Venues are usually industrial museums or metal skinned warehouses/barns as these have a minimum of electronic equipment. We would like to work with the venues own insurance if possible, but we can provide our own if needed.

I also arrange workshops and talks with lesser requirements, so most venues can be used for something.

We can work in two ways, either a daily rental for the hall, paid by us,or we can work as a ticketed event to raise funds or awareness for a museum, venue or charity.

Before any booking, I would need to assess the venue for safety and suitability.

Have a suitable venue? (Or would like a talk at your venue) contact me tesa@extremeeectronics.co.uk

Details of past events are here http://www.extremeelectronics.co.uk/cambridge-teslathon/ and here http://www.extremeelectronics.co.uk/nottingham-gaussfest/

Nottingham Gaussfest 2017

One of the most popular Gaussfest that I’ve run. Loads of exhibitors and even more HV kit and packed with visitors. A great day, thanks to everyone that attended.

My coils

Jason’s Coil

Dave’s Coils

Alex’s Coils

Robert’s coil

Chris’s Coil

Steve’s Coils

Phillip’s toploads and ring flipper

Tony (Leicester Hack space) Wimshurst and jacob’s ladder

Coil brought to test and get running

 

General Gaussfest photos.

Video from Chris

Nottingham Gaussfest 2016

My Coils, static machines and Twin PiZero TeslaCoils

An amazing day, all my coils and static machines worked from beginning to end with no issues. The VDG performed well after a hail storm had knocked out all of the moisture from the air. It made a huge difference. I did however have a failure the night before the Gaussfest (therefore it cant count as a failure AT the Gaussfest) where I shared the earth from my VDG with the PiZero coils. A strong discharge killed the i2c on my Pi Zero. A swap of PiZeros, a number of downloads and a recompile got me back working in a hour or so. Glad I’d gone with the PIZero saved me £21 over a full Pi Failure.

 

Roger’s VDG

Roger was new to the Gaussfest and brought his commercial VDG, a very nice unit with LOADS of accessories. It ran fairly well during the day after he replaced the original 15year old+ belt. I suspect he suffered with the damp as well, but it didn’t affect his VDG as much as mine, I put this down to a lack leakage from his very smooth top terminal. (The VDG’s not his).

 

Steve’s coils

 

Steve brought a couple of coils and a VDG (sorry no photo) . His desktop Static gap coil was a good solid performer, but his VTTC was just a work of art. It performed well with those lovely straight arcs characteristic of VTTC’s. He vows to return to Cambridge, can’t wait.

 

Jason’s Coil

Jason’s coil ran very well, until he had a capacitor failure, which was a great shame, but hopefully easy to rectify.

Daves coil

Dave’s coil ran well as usual. Superb looking and a very reliable performer. I know Dave has plans for an upgrade, so look forward to the MkII

 

Phil & Phil’s coils


Slow motion (90fps capture)

Phil and Phils coils (now share so many parts I can’t tell them apart, I’m not sure their owners can either). Both coils ran very well giving 8-10′ arcs to the floor,ceiling and occasionally to a target earth. PhilS did have a problem with a stray topload cable that caused a secondary strike

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It didn’t appear to have done much damage, but only a strip down will tell.

 


Thanks to everyone that came and especially those who brought “stuff” to demonstrate. After talking to a couple of non-UK visitors they are very envious of our Teslathons, there are very few across the world, and the UK has two!

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See you all at the next Gaussfest or at Cambridge.

 


Other Photos / links from the event.

Steve Lane

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+SteveLane/albums/6258914846725227377

 

Nottingham Gaussfest 2014

Notingham Gaussfest 2014


Nottingham Gaussfest 2014
Nottingham Gaussfest 2014
Nottingham Gaussfest 2014
General Photos
Nottingham Gaussfest 2014
Chris's SG Tesla coil
Chris Tesla Coil
Chris looks to see where the sparks come from
Chris's Tesla Coil
Chris's Tesla Coil
Chris's Tesla Coil
Chris's Tesla Coil
Phil or Phillips Tesla coils
Phil or Phillips Tesla coils
Daves Tesla coil
Daves Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dave's Tesla Coil
Dereks Arc of time
Dereks Arc of time
Dereks Tesla Engine
Dereks Tesla Engine
Dereks Aetheriser
Dereks Aetheriser
Dereks Aetheriser
Dereks Aetheriser

V8 Tesla Engine Sparks
V8 Tesla Engine Sparks
Phil or Philips Coil
Phil or Philips Coil
Phil or Philips Coil
Phil or Philips Coil
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Dereks Oval Coil Problems
Arcs to the floor
Arcs to the floor
Notts Gaussfest 2014
Notts Gaussfest 2014
Notts Gaussfest 2014
Notts Gaussfest 2014
Notts Gaussfest 2014
Notts Gaussfest 2014
Phil or Phillps Coil
Phil or Phillps Coil
Phil or Phillps Coil
Phil or Phillps Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil or Phillips Coil
Phil and Phillip
Phil and Phillip
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phil and Phillips coil
Phils coil earth damage
Phils coil earth damage
Phils coil earth damage
Phils coil earth damage
Flourecent lamp after the Gaussfest
Flourecent lamp after the Gaussfest
Flourecent lamp after the Gaussfest
Flourecent lamp after the Gaussfest

Nottingham Gaussfest 2004(September)

Gaussfest 1.5 2004

Gaussfest 2, 2004


Dereks AD-OLTC giving a very CW type arc to air.

 


AD-OLTC arc to earth. It acheived 23" long strikes.


"Testing" a motherboard at 16"



More "Testing"


Rob Greives Coil, Ready...


24" Arc to a tube.


AD-OLTC 24" to Air. Interrupted.

Robs coil again..


Robs coil, with a Breakout from a violet ray machine. provided by Mark Pilkington.

 

 


Dereks New Brick OLTC, wichs needs more tuning & Time & TLC to acheive its potential (no pun intended)

Nottingham Gaussfest 2004

Gaussfest 2004

2004
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Phill Parry's coil breaking out on its own (again)

A rare Photo of PP's coil arcing from the topload.


PP's coil Heating up the element in a sodium vapour lamp.


PP's Maltease Cross tube. (Isn't a green cross a symbol for first aid?) )

Dave Kearley's First Coil,

Seams to work Well..


Adrian Fretwells Coil hits 32"


Af's coil doing it famous wire wool trick.


More Sparks from Adrian's Coil


Adrians Marx, First light Photo.(finished at 02:00 in the morning of the same day)

A Better Picture of Adrians Marx.

Derek Woodroffe's Tiny Tess Being Cute.


Dw's Maggie


DW's OLTC arcs 12" to ground.


DW's OLTC "Tests" a mother board.
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DW's Mille Tess giving toothpick sized arcs.

Dave Gambols Coil Arcs 6' to earth


DG's Coil streamer to air.
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Dave Reeve's coil .


Lighting a Lamp the difficualt way.

Duncan Cadd's VDG (now Mark Hales's VDG)

Close up of the VDG.

VDG Belt Drive Detail.

Paul Abrams Ignition coil powered coil and a small Jacobs ladder powered by an obit.


Fusor from Mark Hales Hales


Plasma formation inside the fusor.

Gaussfest Teslathon 2005

Gaussfest Feb 2005

Gaussfest Feb 2005
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My (Derek Woodroffe) coils
ready for demo'ing


My IRFP 460 SSTC giving 1' 
arcs to air. at 10BPS. 


Same but at a higher
break rate.


Close up.


One of my un-named small
SSTC's coils driven from a
single irfp460 breaking out
from a 20mm ball bearing.  


Same coil power arcing to a
Screwdriver.


My OLTC2 giving about 2.5'
streamers at 2.5KW!!



My Dead Silicon Total
for the day, One opto - OLTCII,
One Set of 460's from the SSTC
one diode string from the CW Multiplier,
and a pair of transistors from the 
emergency light.



Paul Benhams coil,
(ex Nick field, Ex Etc.Etc..)


A Strike to the roof 5'6"
Spot the emergency light.


Streamers to air..


Just to prove the strike length !!



Philip Strauss's Bonetti
Electrostatic machine



a 100mm arc from the output


a 150mm arc from the
output terminals


Richie Burnetts
HF CW SSTC


An arc to air at 700W 


The power burns the breakout.


A silent bushy discharge.

Gaussfest Teslathon 2006


Nottingham Gaussfest 2006

a UK Teslathon exibiting a collection of home made tesla coils
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My (Derek Woodroffe)
Small DRSSTC

My SSTC with a
Strontium Nitrate
covered breakout


My SSTC with a
Sodium Cloride
covered breakout

My Brick OLTC


Untill a fuse "went"
Completly, ends &
glass envelope
"disappeared"


Melvin Bennetts
Compact DRSSTC

Not bad sparks
for the first time
on Full Mains.

Martin Dale
Tests his new
Balast & Pole Pig


Martins Rotary, Built at
03:00AM before the GF 


Another Balast test
with a jacobs ladder


Martins Coil Gave some
good arcs

All mostly in the
right direction

With Minor damage

Easily repaired with
the loss of 6 turns
to the secondary.


And the coil lived
again with
Excelent
6'-7' arcs

All Mostly in the
Wrong Direction.

A 10 second
exposure, note a total
lack of arcs to the earthed rod.


Mark Hales brought a
large selection of gas
filled tubes

and decorative

Flowers

Roses


Skulls


Flamingos

Figurines

And a couple of
Plasma Globes



Of different sizes

Mike Harrison
brought his high speed camera

and his "destructotron"
Cap bank.

First attempt at
breaking a pint glass

Second attempt

The third attempt
was successfull.
Mike captured this and
many other "events" on his
high speed camera.
Take a look here


Philip Strauss brought
a SGTC

Which was very nicely
constructed


with every peice
polished!!

and a pretty good
performer too.


The Group Photo of
visitors and coilers.

Gaussfest Teslathon 2007

Gaussfest 2007

Nottingham Gaussfest 2007


a UK Teslathon exibiting a collection of home made tesla coils
Derek Woodroffes DRSSTC
Derek Woodroffes Drsstc giveing a 3' streamer to air
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder with help from a couple of sparklers
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder with help from a couple of sparklers
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder using two motherboards as electrodes
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder using two motherboards as electrodes
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder testing a motherboard
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder testing a motherboard
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder testing a motherboard
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder testing a motherboard
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder testing a motherboard
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Phillip Strauss's Tesla Coil
James Pawson's MARX
James Pawson's MARX
James Pawson's SSTC
James Pawson's SSTC
James Pawson's SSTC
James Pawson's SSTC
Melvin Bennetts  Small DRSSTC
Melvin Bennetts Small DRSSTC
Melvin Bennetts  Small DRSSTC
Melvin Bennetts Small DRSSTC
A test card from Mark Hales's Baird Receiver
A test card from Mark Hales's Baird Receiver
Paul Benhams Large Tesla Coil
Paul Benhams Large Tesla Coil
Paul Benhams Large Tesla Coil
Paul Benhams Large Tesla Coil
Paul Benhams Large Tesla Coil
Paul Benhams Large Tesla Coil
Philip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Philip Strauss's Tesla Coil (variable inductor)
Philip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Philip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Philip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Philip Strauss's Tesla Coil
Richie Burnetts SSTC
Richie Burnetts SSTC
Richie Burnetts SSTC
Richie Burnetts SSTC
Sams Tesla Coil
Sams Tesla Coil
Visitors and callers at the GF 2007
Visitors and callers at the Gausfest 2007