Tesla planned a double function in later designs which he patented. In this, dangerous electrons are harmlessly and cyclically “leaked off” into the air through the aerial terminal. A large metal shell with innumerable stipples provided that aether would be absorbed, through the broad surface, while electrons would be dispersed, through the stipples. In the famed embodiment at Wardenclyffe Station, his first industrial Power Broadcaster, the final form of the terminal was to be an edge-rounded hemisphere completely studded with a great quantity of large single terminal vacuum globes. Tesla observed some of these phenomena while yet in his Houston Street Laboratory, and considered several means for eliminating the problem. But here was the very factor which he had so long hoped to find, a means for insuring that Nature could indeed stop the reaction before it grew out of proportion to wreak world havoc.
Engineers who studied his press releases and publications were fixated on the notion hat Tesla was intending to “pump the ground with electricity”, an error which has forever clouded the issues germane to comprehending his various World Power Systems. The fact which so few analysts have retained amid their many errors deals with that of “station disengagement from the utilities”. Freedom from utilities. Once such an aetheric “channel” had been stimulated through the Transmitter, it would be possible to disengage the apparatus from the electrical power source altogether. The system was made to simply flow in aether current. Once the flowing condition had been sufficiently established, control factors being monitored and adjusted throughout the operation cycle, this system would work on aetheric energy alone. Forever. Such a technological marvel would stimulate a world revolution in power. His Transmitter would effectively become the literal duct or vent wherein such an aetheric channel would actually flow.
The system would be designed to absorb tether pulsations at an accessible natural pulse rate, and then disperse this energy through the medium of the earth at several other pulsation rates. Not only was the system to receive prime aether power, but it would also rebroadcast it through the ground in a host of related pulse rates for utility. Home and industry would receive aetheric current through the ground as planned, none of the pulsation rates interfering with the station operation. The plan was exquisite. The end of fuel. The only electrical application needed was the “initiation train”. But this plan required a large installation, one which would not be without its attendant problems.
Tesla chose his site atop a plateau in Colorado Springs, then a virtual pioneer town. At a height of 6000 feet above sea level, the site gave him the required elevation. Here also was sufficient isolation from populations. Placed in solid contact with the plateau tablerock. Tesla chose this geologically deep natural conductor to permit an unhindered downrush of aether, a secret he carried with him. Anticipating the undreamed, he moved all of his more mobile components to this site in May 1899, and began construction. His exertions were astounding. Once the station was complete, several tests would be necessarily conducted to affirm the circuit parameters in the geological site. The station parameters were built on what now appears to be a gigantic scale. The large housing structure was made of wooden beams, of dimensions nearly 100 feet on each side. The roof was nearly as high, reaching 80 feet, having a large sliding section for the elevation of various terminals and capacity surfaces (see figure).
The building was held up with large buttresses. Within this structure were the components of genius. The primary and secondary of the largest Tesla transformer ever built in history were wound, one above the other, upon an immense cylindrical wall of wooden construction, some 75 feet in diameter and 10 feet in height. An extra coil was poised in the very center of this cylindrical form, elevated on a stand several feet above the flooring. This extra coil had 75 widely spaced wire turns, being wound on a skeletal wooden cylinder. This extra coil was some 10 feet in diameter and 10 feet in height. The elevated capacity terminal, a large wooden ball covered in tinfoil, was connected to this extra coil by a thick cable. Through the roof window, this cable rose to a height of 200 feet, fixed to a tall wooden mast.
Tesla constructed a very ingenious capacitor bank, made of large water bottles. Salt water was poured into each to a fixed height, connector rods fitted into the same. The entire assembly of jars were placed in a large tub of tinfoil, also filled with salt water to a depth of a foot or more. This electrolytic assemblage provided a formidable storage capacity, and was easily modified as well as cost-efficient. Power was provided by a large Westinghouse transformer. This power was used to drive a high voltage dynamo, providing some 50,000 volts DC. The dynamo was connected to a motor driven spark disrupter which provided a preliminary pulsation rate. Through choke coils, this preliminary pulsing current was applied to a large magnetic disrupter. This in turn was applied to the capacitor bank and the large primary coil (see figure).
The first step in his process involved an initiatory “jump-start”. When the switch was closed, aetheric Shockwave energy passed over the secondary, and flowed up into the elevated terminal. Transformed into the calculated potential of 100,000,000 volts lasting for the calculated (0.0062 milliseconds), aether poured from space into the station during the interval. Each successive impulse was followed by its short but specific rest period, and the process was repeated for as long a time as deemed necessary. Some 150,000 groups of applied impulses and rest periods made up each second’s worth of initiation time. In the absence of discernible information from the notes which Tesla left us, this critical “rest period” is difficult to ascertain. Nevertheless it is an important lost piece of information necessary to the reestablishment of any such large-scale station.
- PROLOGUE — Symbols and Models
- CHAPTER 2