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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

Gaussfest Teslathon 2008

Gaussfest 2008

Gaussfest 2008


Derek Woodroffes CWM
Derek Woodroffes CWM
Derek Woodroffes DRSSTC
Derek Woodroffes Small Battery Powered DRSSTC
Derek Woodroffes CWM
Derek Woodroffe's 200Kv CWM
Derek Woodroffes CWM
Derek Woodroffes 200Kv CWM with a spinner
Derek Woodroffes CWM
Derek Woodroffe's 200Kv CWM with a pile of pie dishes
Derek Woodroffes Jacobs Ladder
Derek Woodroffe's CCPS running a jacobs ladder
Derek Woodroffe
Derek Woodroffe A bowl of water and 22KV DC
Derek Woodroffe
Arcs across the surface of the water
Karim's Induction Heater
Karim's Induction Heater
Karim's Induction Heater
With a 50p Coin
Karim's DRSSTC
Karim's DRSSTC
Karim's DRSSTC
Karim's DRSSTC
Karim's Indiuction Heater
Karim's Indiuction Heater - Side View
Karim's Cap Bank
Karim's Cap Bank Explodes some wire
Karim's DRSSTC
Karim's DRSSTC
Karim's Cap Bank
Karim's Cap Bank
Karim's DRSSTC
Karim's DRSSTC Arcs without Breakout
Karim's Induction Heater
Karim's Induction Heater With a Nut and Bolt
Karim's Induction Heater
Induction Heater Smokin...
Karim's Induction Heater
Karim and a lump of Iron fresh from the heater
Karim's Cap Bank
Cap Bank Explodes some more wirer
Karim's Cap Bank
Cap Bank Explodes some more wire
Karim's Cap Bank
A 10p After being launched by Karim's Cap Bank
Melvins DRSSTC
Melvins DRSSTC
Melvins DRSSTC
Melvins DRSSTC
Melvins DRSSTC
Melvins DRSSTC - 3rd Light - WOW
Mark Hales
Mark Hales Brought some Stuff to sell
Mark Hales Van de Graff
Mark Hales's Van de Graff
Mark Hales Van de Graff
Top Comb
Mark Hales Van de Graff
Bottom Comb and drive
Mark Hales
Neon Cup
Mark Hales
Mark Builds a Flyback Driver
Mark Hales
Mark Builds a Flyback Driver - Which Works..
Neil Thomas
Neil Thomas Ballasts for his Jacobs Ladder
Neil Thomas Jacobs Ladder
Neil Thomas Power Control and monitoring for his jacobs ladder
Neil Thomas Jacobs Ladder
The Holder for the Electrodes
Neil Thomas Jacobs Ladder
Neil making a couple of last minute changes
Neil Thomas Jacobs Ladder
The Full Jacobs Ladder
Neil Thomas Jacobs Ladder
Arcs at 32A from Mains
Neil Thomas Jacobs Ladder
Arcs at 32A from Mains
Paul Bennem
Pauls Teslacoil Arrives
Paul Bennem
And needs some construction
Paul Bennem
And needs some construction
Paul Bennem
Pauls TC Controller
Paul Bennem
Pauls DC charging and ballast
Paul Bennem
Ready
Paul Bennem
Arcs 5' to a Fixed earth
Paul Bennem
Watched by the visitors
Paul Bennem
More Power Arcing
Paul Bennem
More Power Arcing
Paul Bennem
Arcs via a strip of CD's
Paul Bennem
Which slowly disintegrate
Paul Bennem
Which slowly disintegrate
Paul Bennem
And back to power arcing
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Bonnetti machine
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Bonnetti machine
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Bonnetti machine
Phillip Strauss
Gives 20cm Arcs
Phillip Strauss
With Paul driving with a long acrylic rod
Phillip Strauss
The Charge pickups from Phillips Machine
Sam Sainsburys TC
Sam Sainsburys TC
Sam Sainsburys TC
With a Flourecent Lamp as a breakout
Sam Sainsburys TC
Streamers

Gaussfest Teslathon 2009

Gaussfest 2009

Gaussfest 2009


Noah
Derek Woodroffes Noah Coil
Noah
Derek Woodroffes Noah Coil Spark Close up
DRSSTC Test Board
Derek Woodroffes DRSSTC test board, more details to come.....
Noah
Derek Woodroffes Noah, a Brick half bridge DRSSTC
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - Primary and Secondary
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - Control Box
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - ExpandableTorroid
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - First Light; No really FIRST light, 4' STREAMERS WOW!!!
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - The Setup
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - The Cap Bank
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - The Cap Bank - Slightly overvoltaged
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - The Cap Bank - Letting the Magic Smoke out.
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - 6.5' Arc to Earth (78")
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - Streamers to Air
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - Streamers to Air
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - Streamers to Air
Earls Magnifier
Earls Magnifier - Streamers to Air
James Howels
James Howles - HV Bits and peices
James Howels
James Howles - Tesla Coil from 6Kv 30mA NST
James Howels
James Howles - Jacobs Ladder from 100mA 10Kv NST
James Howels
James Howles - Classic Tc
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Classic TC
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Classic TC
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Classic TC NST, Filters and Control
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Classic TC, The Filter lets some smoke out
Phillip Strauss
Phillip Strauss's Classic TC, The Filter lets more smoke out
Nick & Robert
Nick & Roberts SSTC
Nick & Robert
Nick & Roberts SSTC
Nick & Robert
Nick & Roberts SSTC
Nick & Robert
Nick & Roberts SSTC - Driver
Nick & Robert
Nick & Roberts SSTC - Driver
Nick & Robert
Nick & Roberts SSTC - Driver
Melvin
Melvin's Small DRSSTC
Melvin
Melvin's Small DRSSTC
Melvin
Melvin's Larger DRSSTC
Melvin
Melvin's Larger DRSSTC
Melvin
Melvin's Larger DRSSTC
Melvin
Melvin's Small DRSSTC
Visitors
The Visitors take pictures
Visitors
Some of The Visitors to the GF2009