A tale of woe, including carelessness, stupidity and laziness....

Brent Hilpert hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Wed Aug 26 14:45:54 CDT 2015

On 2015-Aug-26, at 12:13 PM, Jay Jaeger wrote:
> Also, when I was a kid, I was playing around with a Jacob's Ladder I had
> made using a old vibrator-equipped Ford spark coil (I may still have
> that around), and I had a telegraph key as a switch.  Welll, one day I
> was adjusting the ladder electrodes when my elbow hit the telegraph key.
> I was knocked flat on my back off of my chair, several feet back from
> the table.

Funny, just last week at the radio museum, a fellow member brought in a Model T Ford spark coil, in rather rough condition, and we did just that: connected it up and managed to get a (small) Jacob's Ladder out of it.  (Though the one made from a large neon-sign transformer is a little more impressive.)

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