O/T Spark Gap Transmitters was: Interest in UUCP?

From: R. D. Davis <rdd_at_smart.net>
Date: Thu Jun 21 00:44:18 2001

On Thu, 21 Jun 2001, Lucas J Cashdollar wrote:
> My jacob's ladder is by far more interesting to look at than any
> two bit lava lamp.

Mind too. :-) If you want to have some fun frightening intruders away,
hack a motion sensor (like one of the old Radio Shack ones from the
mid 1980s) with a 120VAC relay and a 555 timer circuit, that way, you
can adjust how long something remains on after the motion sensor is
triggered. ...then, just attach a large jacob's ladder to it. :-)

Actually, mine does qualify as having somewhat of a small antennae, as
the rods on which the spark rise are about three feet in length. Has
anyone else here tried using metal screen, etc. with such devices for
interesting effects? I won't caution anyone on being careful, since I
would think that all of those who post here and are mad enough to also
collect and restore vintage computers are intelligent enough to be
careful with high voltages. :-)

Getting back on topic, has anyone here used a classic computer to
control high-voltage devices such as Tesla coils and jacobs laddrs,
like the control center for a mad scientists laboratory?

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