Southeastern High Voltage Enthusiasts
Who We Are
The Southeastern High Voltage Enthusiasts is the name we've given our group, which currently consists of three members in the states of Alabama and Tennessee. We get together regularly in the summer months and even a few times in the winter. We travel to each other's homes and run our coils, work on new projects, go on salvage runs and see what we can find at hamfests.
We're just regular guys who share a common interest in experimenting with electricity. Above you can see some of our work in our gallery. We also chat here on Tesla Universe almost daily in the Tesla Coils chat room. We welcome you to come by and say hello.
Cameron runs his own Internet consulting firm and is also the webmaster of Tesla Universe. He uses his spare time to continue building and expanding the site but continues to make time for experiments and new projects as well. Not one for naming his projects, Cameron's largest coil is very similar to David Rieben's “Green Monster” in dimensions, components and output.
Cameron has been collecting parts for many years and has plans for numerous other projects as time permits. Cameron enjoys visiting salvage yards/stores, hamfests, etc. and searching eBay for high voltage components to add to his collection.
David completed his first successful NST powered Tesla coil around 1990 but still found reliable sources of parts very difficult and/or expensive to procure in those days. He signed up with Harry Goldman's Tesla Coil Builder's Association newsletter in 1994 and from that point began to get a better understanding of Tesla coil design. He also signed up on the internet with the Tesla Coil Mailing List (TCML) in 2000, which was also about the time that he successfully completed his first large Tesla coil that was powered by a pole-mount distribution transformer.
David's most ambitious coil project to date is his “Green Monster” Tesla coil system, so named for the green enameled magnet wire that is wound on the secondary coil. It was started around 2004 and completed in a few months. It is also powered by a pole-mount distribution transformer (AKA pole pig) and produces 12 to 14 ft. sparks. David has also built a VTTC although it has been dismantled at this time.
In April of 2008 he moved into an apartment, and shortly after moving in he began construction of his first Tesla Coil. His first coil was somewhat disappointing, but he kept working at it and eventually he ended up with a 6" coil capable of making over six foot arcs. Now Phillip has a VTTC, and DRSSTC in addition to the 6" coil.
Billy has a deep interest in all fields of energy and his career includes work as a consulting engineer with a biodiesel company and as a partner in Progressive Machining, located in Moulton, Alabama. Billy recently sought out areas that further these interests through friends and business contacts which is how he discovered the Tesla Universe website. Like Cameron, Billy has been seeking out parts for many years and has plans to build many projects. With more time on his hands now, he's looking forward to the newly found local camaraderie and wealth of knowledge.
Are you into high voltage and live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, or Tennessee? We welcome new members and would love to meet you. For more information please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org