Nottingham Gaussfest – Teslathon

Nottingham Gaussfest 17

4th March 2017
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An informal meeting of people interested in building High
Voltage equipment teslacoils, multipliers, van de graff’s, wimshurst machines, violet ray machines, ignition coils, and the opportunity to bring, test, experiment, demonstrate and view any of the equipment that others have brought.

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Nottingham Gaussfest FAQ

Why Gaussfest not Teslathon ?

The Idea for the Gaussfest was based on the ‘Nottingham Teslathon Workshop’. A very successful meeting of coilers a few years ago. The name NTW was rather long,  alternative , ‘Teslathonette’, didn’t really work, so I asked the TCBOUK list to suggest a name, and it became the ‘Gaussfest’.

So what’s different from a Teslathon?

A true Teslathon has arranged demonstrations and usually only a short time for experimentation.
The aim for the Gaussfest is to have a varied collection of high voltage equipment, and for the “coilers” to have time to tweek, tune and
generally persuade their constructions to higher voltages with no pressure of fixed demonstrations and with the collective knowledge and experience of those present to hand.

Its also an opportunity for all the coilers and visitors to meet, discuss and hopefully pick up some tips from each other. Of course during this time the people present will see what the equipment can do, and there will be the usual display of sparks.
(Some of which may come from where they are supposed too)

Why Isn’t the address for the event published?

The Event is held in a Scout hall in Chilwell Nottingham, I don’t like advertising its exact location on the internet.
If you require an information pack please email me at and please include a description of your interests or the equipment you intend to bring.
(The name does give a clue as to its approximate location)

When can I setup?
I should be available on the Friday Afternoon and early evening to open up for access. Please contact me if required
if you wish to set up on the Friday.

I have a long way to travel, where do I stay?

The local Hotels are listed in the information pack, see above.

Who is coming, what will I see there?.

Many of the visitors are bringing coils from the small (3 inches tall) to the large (6-8 feet tall.).
During the day these coils will be run and tuned, visitors are welcome to watch whilst this is happening.

I haven’t got a coil / I’m building a coil / I’m a
Simple, Come Look & ask questions. Its one of the best ways of learning.

Do you charge visitors as well as coilers?.
Yes. The charges will be, £3 for Coilers, £5 for visitors.

Tea, Coffee and soft drinks will be available in the hall on the Saturday, all proceeds (after hall rental) to the Scout Group Funds.

I Haven’t got a Tesla Coil, but I have a VDG,
MARX, CW multiplier, Wimshurst machine, Fusor, Induction Heater, Cap Bank, Coil Gun
Bring them, Our interests are in all things that have a high current or voltage, whatever the application or method of generation.

I’m Not a member of TCBOUK Can I come
Yes.. The Gaussfest is open to anyone over the age of 14, all I
ask I that you contact me first at  

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