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Hey, GREAT WORK! Nice to see my tube got a good home. I am very impressed with you work and how quickly you were able to put it all together.


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Once the real housing and the fans arrives, i´ll give it a good run to restore the pressure.

Atm i can only get it to draw around 7.8A with the passbank fully on with a 140V DC bus, i wonder if the current will increase as the pressure drops back to normal.

Btw how many volts is the NEC psu putting out on the filament ? My transformer only allows for either 2V or 3.3V under load(adding or removing a turn)

Im fearing that im either starving the cathode or overheating it, burning off its coating.
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It's about 3V. I wouldn't run the tube any higher than 8A anyway - it's best to run it as low as possible to improve tube life. 8A is generally thought of as the best compromise between power and lifetime.
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I think i´ve found out the brand of the umbilical connector: Cinch-Jones / Beau Interconnects - 11 Pin to 20 Pin <-- the 15pin one there looks mighty similar, i´ve ordered one along with a male and female DB15 connectors for an interlock/remote control plug.
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I feel like its about that time to release some schematics of this thing, here they are.

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I call this construction the MF-IL1, MF beeing my initials and IL meaning Ion Laser and the 1 meaning its my first one.
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Hi,
Just wondering if you have received the SP tube housing? I think it's coming up to about a couple of weeks since I sent it.
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Its about two hours by car away from me and possibly on its way, i got the postal notice last week that sez i can go get the package today after 16:00
so im monitoring the postal service tracking to see when it shows up at the local post office.

Unfortunately there may still be another week before the fans arrives, and 3-5weeks before i get the connector i need.
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Tube in place:


This end goes to the psu, either through a connector or hardwired:


Plastic flaps to direct the air through the tube fins:


Warning sticker, woot 160mW!? o_O That cant be right, tube only does 15


Now where are those fans i ordered?? Bah still in shipping and wont arrive for a few days, so no fun just yet
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Looks like you just need to wire in your supply, and slap on the starting blower for a small jet engine and your laser will look like a bought one (once you box up your supply and add my LCD controller (I'll get the design finished and send you one)
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Hey that's neat.
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BTW, I left two screws loose on the terminal block which are the positions where the tube leads go.
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Yah i noticed those two and used them. Im currently waiting for a lazy courier to deliver my fans.
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yay his fans just rocked up. Now lets hope it stays cool, and the longer run will provide better output as the gas pressure comes down
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"Airport ground control, Experementonomen, requesting push and start"

at least now you can run it for a while and see how it performs without worrying about it dying due to high temperature.
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