By 1893, Tesla had designed and operated signalling systems which used such globes to flash telegraphic signals across space without apparent loss to their receivers. These aetheric signalling systems required no amplifiers, being powerful and static-free. From his South Fifth Avenue Laboratory, Tesla had already been sending loud aether ray signals up and down the Hudson River for years with little more than small ball antennas. He was the first to develop radio circuits and components. Tesla discovered that substances such as selenium behaved as soft receptors of astheric energies. Poised in solid copper cones, uncharacteristic of even shortwave radio signalling systems, Tesla demonstrated both broadcast and directed beam signalling apparatus. Boxed in beautiful mahogany with brass trims, his aetheric signalling system was compact and powerful. Tesla found that very low powered radiant lamp transmitters had effect on the astheric atmosphere of the earth. Modulating this dynamic aether envelope effected very “long range communications in excess of the normal line-of-sight limitations. These developments came several years before Marconi ever appeared on the scene with his concoction of plagiarized equipment. The Tesla Radio System used potent aetheric streams, not weak waves. Tesla illustrated this fact in later years, when Marconi wave radio began evidencing all of its inefficiencies and failed potentials.
Tesla Radio did not operate in the electrical wave continuum, nor was it reliant on waves. Tesla Radio operated in the aetheric atmosphere, and utilized “dark light rays” of real force. i£theric rays, thin thready aetheric streams, exceeded the power and penetrability of waves by an incalculable degree. Tesla Radio receiving circuitry used the power in the transmitted radiance to power the little compact receiving stations, an unlikely possibility with weak wave radio. Tesla soon adopted these systems for telephonic modes of operation, An onboard battery was provided for the transmit circuit of his portable radios. These power requirements were indeed minimal, a marvel for those who very later on were compelled by court action to examine the contents of Tesla Radios. Power was provided by a mere dry cell or at most, a very small storage battery,
When examined closely by court officers years later, his patents in these regards often raised dubious expressions in the faces of his unenlightened critics. In both size and effectiveness, their transmissions were exceedingly powerful, an anomalous condition by all existing standards of the day. Those who knew nothing of the power inherent in aetheric streams could not conceive of a passive receiving system which claimed to exchange telephonic signals without excessive componentry, or an active transmitting circuit which used such little power to reach the claimed great distances.
But his curiosity did not stop with this success. Later vacuum tubes were tremendously modified and arranged so that aether streams would impinge upon special targets. Some of these tubes poised the targets entirely within the tube. Others placed the materials at one end of the tubes, windows through which streamed aether and detrital components.
Researcher and author Jorge Resines has obtained information on the various remarkable tubes which Tesla produced throughout these years, an astounding collection. In a recent publication, Mr. Resines produced drawings of these, a remarkable assortment resembling modern military radiopower tubes. Tesla made extensive use of uranium, thorium, and radium as targets. It is probable that Tesla began his research in compact aether power generators when these latter varieties were employed. Tesla found that the heavier metals produced an amazing variety of contaminating particulate emissions. It was the resistance of elements and other materials which produced so many well known, and other new energetic species when bombarded by aetheric streams. Academes who limited themselves to catalogues of fixed photon and particle species were not observing the most fundamental dynamics, contenting themselves only with the by-products produced in resistive interactions with aetheric streams. If the electron-rich emissions from his original copper sphere terminals were life-hazardous discharges, the emissions from these tubes were far more dangerous.
Tesla discovered the varieties of energetic species emerging from the target windows long before Roentgen announced the discovery of X-rays. Tesla had already catalogued the existence of these and other Eether-contaminating emissions. His conception of radioactivity included the notion that “space impinging” aether streams were bombarding matter of appropriate atomic cross-section. Those densely packed lattices, capable of intercepting and diffracting incoming aether, manifested a continual outward expulsion of particles and energetic emissions. It was from experimental examples such as these that Tesla drew analogues, explaining natural radioactivity. Besides citing the large nuclear cross-section of heavy atoms and their usual radioactivity, Tesla also believed that special atomic symmetries could diffract or deflect incoming aether streams sufficiently enough to produce radioactive emissions in lighter metals.
The projected aether streams could be directed through very long distances without the slightest sign of divergence. They were intensely powerful. Indeed these rays seemed to self-constrict, a nature unknown in the electromagnetic spectrum. Soon Tesla began examining the possibility of beaming aether streams between special towers, a powerline analogue which substituted aether beams for powerlines. In this manner, power would not be wasted away in all directions as he had originally planned to do. Now, a much improved system would permit the conservation and concentration of aether energy along tight thready beams. Power could be distributed to neighborhoods from such central tower receivers along horizontal radii to consumers. The entire distribution system resembled a neurological network. Beamed from tower to tower throughout the countryside, astheric energy streams from central stations could thus be distributed everywhere without substantial loss (see figure).
The aetheric beams had other, more deliberate applications, which startled Tesla and all those who witnessed his many experiments. These beams could be focussed to a tiny pinpoint and directed into metals. The streams simply sprayed over the surfaces. But when the impulse durations were carefully adjusted, the spray became a needle which easily pierced the plate. In this permeating stream of force, metal plates simply melted. In some cases they exploded. Tesla found it possible to burn diamond with such pinpoints of force. Indeed by such results, his concept of “force” had been completely revolutionized. What he had both observed and learned in these issues were cunningly preserved by him in numerous press interviews. His pre-planned statements had as their intention a provocation of the deepest kind. Toward whom were these principally aimed? Toward all those who, while not interested or excited enough about his findings to learn more, yet maintained their distant and aloof luxury of criticism and slander. Only one person maintained the closest and almost fatherly bond with him throughout these years. That person was Sir William Crookes, Tesla’s hero and mentor. Their continuous and sincere correspondence remained one of the only sources of human solace upon which Tesla could both seek and rely.
- PROLOGUE — Symbols and Models
- CHAPTER 2