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10:55 PM - Oct 04, 2018 #151

Shades of the plasma tweeter system from ?? years ago. VERY cool
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7:19 PM - Oct 06, 2018 #152

How much RF does that coil give off? Neat idea. Just wondering if it knocks out bluetooth or wifi. 
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5:40 AM - Oct 07, 2018 #153

I have done some testing and so far it does not affect either, it does add a bit of fuzz to the CRT.
It also screws with the iPad when it's plugged in to the headphone jack, makes the capacitive touch go all wonky. It also causes an external USB DAC I use at work to continuously reset itself, so I don't know how continuously I'm going to be able to run it.

Like all the cosmetic elements, though, I have it on an enable/disable switch which I just added, this rotary reed switch controls the tesla coil directly.
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Also got some more decorative corners in, I think they set off the power supply perfectly!
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3:41 PM - Oct 07, 2018 #154

Oh wow. The power supply looks pretty cool.
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5:30 PM - Oct 07, 2018 #155

jecook wrote: Oh wow. The power supply looks pretty cool.
I agree. I'm going to have to build a tube radio just so I can decorate the cabinet like that.
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4:17 PM - Oct 08, 2018 #156

I'm wondering if you might want to convert an old Philco Predicta TV for use as a monitor, but that might look too modern. 

I have an old Zenith porthole console TV in my garage that I was considering rebuilding, but it's a veritable monster, with the radio and CobraMatic turntable, and a huge transformer for the power supply that has to have the whole thing weighing a few hundred pounds...
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5:40 AM - Oct 09, 2018 #157

Originally, I had planned to expose ALL the wiring, pulling cases off stuff to make it look more techno. I decided it would look like a big mess an I think I was right, so I'm being very careful about what I expose and what I don't, it started with the CRT controller and I think it was definitely the right way to go.

Consequently, though, the bottom is starting to get cluttered, in spite of my careful routing and attempt to take into account future parts. update_39.jpg
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12:05 PM - Oct 09, 2018 #158

That's beginning to look like the bottom of a model railroad layout.

(Not my model railroad, mind you. 😀)

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12:41 PM - Oct 09, 2018 #159

I find split loom tubing is an easy way to tame rowdy wiring. I rarely build enough of something to justify designing a proper wiring harness. (Plus I'm lazy. That's why I work in software.)
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8:03 PM - Oct 09, 2018 #160

hinermad wrote: I find split loom tubing is an easy way to tame rowdy wiring. I rarely build enough of something to justify designing a proper wiring harness. (Plus I'm lazy. That's why I work in software.)
I may go that route but I doubt it. I'll be relying on zip-ties to keep things clean, right now it's a bit messy because things are in flux and I don't want to waste ties I know I'll need to cut when I add more components.
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