I think that the design of the antena is critical. It appears that it needs to be a size and shape that promotes the "energy sucking" properties. I believe that it has to be tuned to the resonance of the earth.
I also believe that you DO need to bury a plate rather then a rod. I sure don't want to go second guessing Tesla. I think that it might have something to do with a ground plane. Also the Tesla diagrams show a verticle orientation to the collector. This might be more important than avoiding wind resistance.???
receiving antenna. A YAGI, or a log periodic, or a helical coil
receiving antenna has a gain figure (amplification quantifier)
in decibels, and 20 to even 50 db is quite possible with many such
antennas. Try, for example, checking out the yagi antennas made by
Mosley, the log periodics made by MilCom, the helicals made by
Heli-Crafters. This means the passive antenna resonates and in effect
amplifies an incoming signal as much a 100 or more times its incoming
power level or signal strength while rejecting other frequencies.
These passive antennas do not require any outside energy excitement to
work as described, though there ARE active tunable antennas also.
MFJ and others make antenna tuner/match boxes that are not powered
but when connected to an antenna, even a long random length wire or
even a wet string, electrically 'lengthen or shorten' an antenna
to establish resonance at any frequency range.
Bringing an antenna to resonance is a fundamental necessity to achieve
maximum efficiency of an antenna in either passive or active mode
The Amateur Radio antenna/tuner match box is the basis for the
resonant tank circuit used on the TREC. The flat spiral antenna
is based on a satellite microwave receiving antenna like used in
GPS receivers, but adjusted in size to resonate at much lower
frequencies closer to the standing waves generated by the Earth's
Now we have to know what frequency range the "Radiant
is. Light travels at 3 * 10^8 meters per second
so 1 MHz is 300 meters wavelength. At 60 Hz the
is (3 * 10^8)/(6 * 10^1) = 5 * 10^6 meters.
The description of Lawrence Rayburn's Radiant capture
antenna helix was "3 and 1/2 feet to 4 feet diameter
with 50 foot of 3/4 inch copper tubing with 1 inch
spacing between turns" (or something like that)
SO 3.5 feet (1.06 meters) * pi (3.14) would be 11 feet
per turn or 4.5 turns for 50 feet of conductor.
60 Hertz is between the 8th and 9th harmonic of the fundamental
standing wave frequency of the Earth, 7.1 Hertz. Coincidence?
I think not.
cannot corrobororate this, but I don'r think an
antenna is NECCESARY for FE. I think Bruse is right.
bI think the sevret is in the gap. the electrode
arrrangement, and the DC pulse ferequency. Once an
arc is established, it is a region of ionized gas, or
plasma. Sustaining the plawsma should only take a
little power, after all a flourescent lamp is a
plasma. As I remeber it, the breakddown voltage of
air is about 14000 volts per CM. Regular DC pulses
should be able to maintain the plasma, wherever you
get them from. I think the sercret to extracting ZPE
from the plasma is to install a RHITF electrode into
the plasma, making this a two anode diode. The scalar
potential would then be pulled off the anode that was
NOT in the ascillator circuit. The frquenct of the
oscillator would be set to MAXIMISE the flow of scalar
enery into the load circuit.
I think Tesla found and used it. If my
suspicions are right, the key to Kw lies in the
physical size of the electrodes used and in their
chemical makeup. Chemistry knew of
electronegetivities of matals. The battery was old
news and Tesla knew how it worked. Metals of diffent
electonegetivities would help biad the spark gap.
Another thing that needs to be considered is the
electrode distance and configuration. It stands to
reason that a larger distance means a higher voltage.
If the svalr/longitudinal wave explanation is correct,
then a third electrode to collect the longitudinal
rays Tesla talked about. This was his cold
electricity. Using this power would be another thing,
as irs frequency would mirror the frquency of the
pulsed DC oscillator
always trying to move forward