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Archived - The Pittsburgh visit (Western PA HEAS)

Post by David Rosignoli » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:40 pm

A few weeks ago, my brother, and friend, and I were in the Pittsburgh area and dropped in on Frank Sanns. I am only now getting to posting the pictures.

Frank had only just come back from his West coast HEAS. Unfortunately, as a result of the short notice, he did not get enough time to condition his Fusor for best operation. He managed to bring it up as a solid plasma, but the neutrons were not forthcoming. Still, he has a very nice system and I am very envious of it. Frank gets kudos for powering up his Fusor on such short notice. And the portable He3 meter (Thermo) that he has was very impressive. It can scan radioactive samples and perform a radiation spectral analysis, even identifying the exact material to 90% accuracy.
Cool toys!

Discussions covered a variety of topics - from Fusors to chemistry to atmospheric electricity.

Photos below include:
1. Frank's fusor
2. A close up of his fusor chamber
3. Frank holding up his characteristic grid
4. Michael on guitar, demonstrating Frank's chemistry ability to turn mediocre sounding guitars to impressive sounding ones!
(Unfortunately, my plasma photos turned out blurry.)

Thanks Frank for a memorable visit,
Dave
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Re: The Pittsburgh visit (Western PA HEAS)

Post by Starfire » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:59 pm

Thank you for the report, David and Frank for sharing access to his equipment.

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Re: The Pittsburgh visit (Western PA HEAS)

Post by Frank Sanns » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:45 pm

David,

Thanks for the photos. I enjoyed the visit and conversation. With all of these gatherings, it just seems like there is not enough time. Too many subjects, toys, and ideas. I have been fortunate to visit many fusor people this year and have a few stop by. A good year it has been.

Taking a chamber that has been essentially at atmospheric pressure for 6 months and getting any significant fuson from it in an hour is essentially impossible unless you have a tiny chamber, large vacuum system with good conductance, and a healthy deuterium flow. Mine of course is none of those and the addition of the two large Pyrex bowls within the 22 liter chamber is the clincher as glass has a huge affinity for surface water. I don't know if you heard the sizzling in the diffusion pump but that was water fresh from the chamber. I should have started the vacuum the night before but I was too weary from the trip.

If you are interested in the guitar work that I have done there is more info at http://www.alchemyacousticlabs.com/ . I think I can post this as a sidebar without offending but will remove it if a problem.

Frank Sanns

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Re: The Pittsburgh visit (Western PA HEAS)

Post by Scott Fusare » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:57 am

Frank,

Is you product useful for violins?

Scott

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Re: The Pittsburgh visit (Western PA HEAS)

Post by Frank Sanns » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:07 pm

Yes, all hollow body wooden acoustic instruments. .


Scott Fusare wrote:
> Frank,
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> Is you product useful for violins?
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> Scott

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Re: The Pittsburgh visit (Western PA HEAS)

Post by Richard Hull » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:25 pm

I am glad that folks are visiting around of late. This is a great sign of expanding interest and a willingness to travel to see interesting folks and their stuff.

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