HEAS 2017 - post all images here!

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Re: HEAS 2017 - post all images here!

Post by Andrew Robinson » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:09 pm

The steak was delicious... :)
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Re: HEAS 2017 - post all images here!

Post by David Rosignoli » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:38 am

Thanks to Richard for hosting another great event. Some more photos below.
Just a side note for those who travel by air - I bought a high voltage pulse capacitor that I tried to bring as carry-on luggage at the security checkpoint in Richmond but was rejected by the TSA. Although it was not listed on their list of banned items for luggage because they couldn't x-ray it they couldn't accept it. The TSA fellow said it could not be accepted as carry on luggage or as checked baggage, but I could try freight with the airline. A walk back to the check in desk manager gives a slightly different story. He says that they have a different method of scrutinizing luggage and was able to check it no problem. Good thing I had a second bag!
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Richard explaining his geiger tube setup
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Tailgate supplies...
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More goodies for sale
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More goodies...
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Mo' goodies
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vacuum goodies
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Richard manning the fusor
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Hitting over 1Mega neutrons!
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Tim Koeth giving an in depth presentation on the Univ. of Maryland reactor
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Kevin Dunn giving an entertaining presentation on the chemistry of soap
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T.R. explaining his copper extraction steps

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Re: HEAS 2017 - post all images here!

Post by Dennis P Brown » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:45 am

Great pic's and thanks again Richard for not just hosting this meeting but also creating it; also, making this entire forum possible and available!

Aside: And thanks very much to Frank Sanns for the new forum site! This is very nice and functional! ( I too have coded a good bit and can only say, boy, I get it on the ugly issues recoding an existing (and complex) piece of software can and usually is!) For someone that understands the work and frustration, thank you again for all the work!

The last time I was at HEAS I really enjoyed the presentations - in fact, outside of meeting Richard, it was the best part of the meeting - learning now to make fire was really a high light (yes, dates my last attendance.) The technical talk that year was also really interesting and professional (a deuterium accel & loading of deuterium in different metals via that device.)

Maybe someone could post on more details relative to the presentations this HEAS? Like what was the copper exaction talk on in a bit more detail? Is the UMCP reactor doing anything new and interesting?

Congratulations, Richard, on hitting one million neutrons/sec! That is impressive! Relative to the old saying: "Your not getting older but better" really applies to your fusor!

The picks really make me regret not attending - next year for sure! And I have to arrive for the equipment fair for once.

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Re: HEAS 2017 - post all images here!

Post by Richard Hull » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:20 am

Whoa there..........It is not I who makes this forum available, nor Frank Sanns. It was the sole thought and effort of the perfesser, AKA Paul Schatzkin that has and continues to make the fusor forum available!!! Frank and I are just Paul's assistants in this venue, his overseers, if you will. The perfesser is the real original source for this fabulous, long running forum for serious amateur scientists interested in doing fusion.

It is Frank working with Paul and now Andrew who do the heavy lifting work on the rare total collapse and crisis modes that have caused distressful moments here to keep this venue on the internet, inspite of changing software and idiots that would do us injury.

I am just the garbage man, who knows garbage. I am trained to see word salads from the "also rans" and the "me toos" and take such trash to the dump.

I am proud to host a yearly conclave for the last 28 years for high energy amateur scientists of various interests to gather and share their knowledge, materials and science with others.

Please remember this is Paul's site from its inception. We have given it body and sustenance needed to grow to be more than just another forum in cyber space. Paul had the vision and we gave it arms and legs. Thanks, Paul, for the venue!

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Post by Richard Hull » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:30 am

About the talks.........Sadly, T.R. Leary gave his talk around midnight and only about 14 folks were still hanging around during his major show and tell.
He asked if he could do a show and tell and we all watched in tight group as he poured out his recent efforts. Many interesting things and revelations as well as great humor tend to come out and be witnessed by the folks who hang out after 11PM.

The last "hanger-on" left about 3:15 AM Sunday morning.

I have, only today, totally cleaned and oganized the lab and grounds to their pre-event level. I spent two days sorting through the goodies I bought.

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Re: HEAS 2017 - post all images here!

Post by Dennis P Brown » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:53 am

Richard, thank you for the correction. We, or at least I, as users of this forum need to know or be reminded of this information.
I did not know that Paul Schatzkin created and also helps to maintain this site.

So, a big thank you to Paul Schatzkin (aka the "perfesser") for this wonderful forum!

This forum has helped so many - just looking at the Neutron Club list (the most difficult major nuclear particle to detect!) says so much about the usefulness and power of this forum! That is above the fact this means that many more have achieved fusion (but weren't able to prove it) in their own home - certainly one of nature's most amazing reactions; and one can witness this using such (compared to modern tech) equipment is amazing, as well as informative.

This forum also encourages and helps beginners (like me!) learn a great deal of practical electronics/high voltage systems knowledge that is extremely useful; yet, this forum also does more: the Plasma Club list - all those people achieving a vacuum system and some type of power supply to create the Fifth State of matter - a phenomena that is an important achievement, in of its-self, too; even the Scrounger's Club is useful for many - a group that encourages and helps people to learn how to find really interesting scientific equipment that can be used for so much more than just a fusor.

This overlooks the many methods people here develop and share to deal with the many issues related to building a fusor: like producing deuterium gas from heavy water to get around the problem that this gas is getting near impossible to procure now-a-days.

Finally, this forum provides a place for people from other disciplines to meet here to exchange ideas/information and get both help and learn about other scientific endeavors.

This forum has both inspired and aided so many to achieve these impressive and useful activities. I suspect that most or many would never have done these technological achievements and certainly most would never have been able to do it both as quickly nor as safely without the aid of this forum.

Finally, this forum encourages both young students/teens/children to both appreciate science and for some, starts them on a very production and exciting career track in both High School and college.

Again, thank you Paul Schatzkin - we are all in your debt!

Aside: Richard, thanks for the updates on the HEAS talks - really wish I had attended! Hope more pic's are posted.

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Re: HEAS 2017 - post all images here!

Post by Richard Hull » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:30 pm

Dennis, thanks for your excellent reply.

Doing fusion is all about a fusion of many scientific and technical disciplines, as you note. The first fusion is when someone with the verve and nerve starts to fuse the many knowledge bases and take them into their collective knowledge. This the most difficult of all fusions and few landing here have the right stuff. This makes all of those who actually do fusion and who take over a year or more to do so, the real winners. Most often, these are the folks who did not use money and others building their device for them, but pushed forward against the odds. They make a lot of mistakes even with or in spite of our help. Still, they learn via the doing and the hands-on imperative.

Like you, I am rather stunned at so few who took photos and who have posted them here. I know there were more taking pictures. I hope this will spur them on to share their images.

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