so first light was last night, 8/31/07. it was a perfect night because we had a powerful thunderstorm roll through. much lightning and thunder to create the perfect mad scientist mood. alas, coil performance was less than expected. 2 foot max sparks. i tuned and re-tuned but that was the best i could get. i knew it was not 1/4 wave resonant because the topload didn't work out as i had desired. this morning i tried lopping off some of the secondary to bring it closer to 1/4 wave but still no luck. i think i'll fall back to a smaller secondary like the previous years. i may not be ready for the big time just yet...

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