Aerial Power Tap Experiment
courtesy of Terry Berger @cyberhighway.net>
The following file is a most intriguing and fairly detailed account
of phenomena associated with aerial electricity. It correlates quite nicely
with many patents and earlier experiments where useable energy was claimed to
be freely available from the air. Specifically, Perrigo, Britten, Moray and
others too numerous to mention. Additionally, I have included a file
courteously provided by Kenny Morrow where a Tesla coil secondary is used as a
primary to intercept the high voltage and convert it to higher current, lower
voltage. If you choose to experiment in this area, please share your findings
with KeelyNet and other networks comprised of people interested in using such
phenomena for practical ends. (and say thanks to Terry and Kenny for sharing
this information with us all)
Date: Sat, 28 Sep 1996 01:34:01 -0600 / To: firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Terry Berger / Subject: Energy Device?
Hello: I'm sending the attached file to you for your examination. I do not
know if I'm following the proper protocol for traffic to you or not, so if
this is not the proper way to get messages to you - my appologies. If I have
done everything right the file should be attached. The file is self
explanatory. Thanks - Terry
Net and reading about 'Free Energy'
I was reminded of a childhood creation. I am sending this file to you
in the hope that the device (I have called this gadget a 'device' simply
because I do not have any better name for it) described below will prove of
some usefulness to other readers, or at least serve as the 'curiosity' that I
found it - and in retrospect, still find it to be.
As a kid playing with things electrical I built the following device in an
attempt to boost the receive range of my crystal radio set. Please keep in
mind that I am somewhat older than the nine years I was at the time and have
recreated this entirely from memory.
The device was very simply constructed consisting of nothing more than the
audio output transformer from an old radio, some solid single strand insulated
14 gauge wire (the kind used to wire houses), a few wood screws and 6" nails,
and a piece of 1/2" pine board 14"x 8". The transformer had a non-center
tapped 8 or 16 ohm secondary (I do not recall which).
I mounted the transformer on one end of the board and ran a wire from the
secondary to the nearest nail down the length of the board to the next nail,
to the next closest nail, down the board to the next nail and back to the
transformer secondary. Or, in the diagram below, from S1 to N3, to N4, to N5,
to N6, to the other transformer terminal (S2). The wire was wound twice
around each nail near the top before moving on to the next nail. One primary
wire was connected to a secondary terminal (N1 to S1). The other primary wire
was attached to a piece of wire approx. 7' in length.
The transformer was covered with the bottom portion of a cardboard milk
carton to protect it from the elements. This device was placed on the roof of
our house near one eave and the long wire run down to my bedroom window. The
board layout was as illustrated in the following crude diagram.
(I redrew the diagram in a .GIF to make it a bit clearer...>>> Jerry)
None of the connections were soldered, just twist type splices as my
parents did not yet trust me with the soldering gun (something about branding
my little brother).
This device did help with the crystal radio reception, probably because it
was just a better antenna than I was using before. However, something very odd
happened the first time a storm front moved through the area.
Electric arcs started appearing between the end of the wire and my window
sill. The arcs ranged from 1/4" to 1.5" in length.
I could always tell when a storm was coming because the arcs would start
appearing, reaching their peak during the storms highest intensity. The arcs
would occur even when there were no storm clouds yet to be seen. I used to
play with this electricity and received several very intense shocks from it.
My parents finally made me take the device down.
I do not know if the following had anything to do with the operation of
this device or not, but is included here for 'completeness' of the
The house was a rectangular one story brick home oriented long sides to the
North-South, and had steel window frames. The roof had a pitch of no more
than 35 degrees and was covered with standard asphalt shingles. The device
was mounted no more than 10 vertical feet from the ground.
The transformer end was mounted closest to the edge of the roof and was
oriented approx. toward the North. There were overhead power lines approx.
50' to the West which were the standard residential distribution main feeders,
I would estimate of the 10KV to 15KV range. No transformers were in the
immediate area. I made no attempt to measure the voltage generated by this
device as I had no meter to do so. I do not know what the phase relationship
between the primary and secondary windings of the audio transformer was,
I didn't know such a thing even existed then.
The whole time I had this device on the roof it never occurred to me that
with a few extra feet of wire - my brother was within easy reach. I was just
too fascinated with the whole phenomena to be very malicious. With my current
understanding of electronics I realize that it takes a considerable potential
to produce arcs of 1.5", and this energy was free, although I do not know in
how usable a form it may be.
I have not yet attempted to recreate this device, but intend to do so in
the near future with various types of transformers. I will also attempt some
properly documented experiments. If there is any interest in this device or
this phenomena I will share the results.
This file is OK to reformat as needed and for release into the Public
Domain if you consider it worthwhile, if not - I'm sure you know where the
delete key is.
Terry Berger / Boise, Idaho / email@example.com
Reverse Tesla Coil Tap
The following is part of an interesting packet of material
courteously provided to KeelyNet by our friend Kenny Morrow of Pennsylvania.
It correlates very closely with Terry Bergers experiment and claims to provide
for a means of tapping useable quantities of energy by a 'reverse Tesla
Since I could not include all the construction details in the .GIF which
follows, they are listed here as on Kenny's photocopy.
Normally, the primary is the input side of a transformer, however, in this
concept, the secondary becomes the primary to be able to capture high voltage,
low current discharges and convert them to low voltage, high current
The large coil (normally the secondary) is wound on an 8" diameter non-
conducting form and is 2 feet in height. It consists of 640 turns (1,340.4
feet) of #24 solid core wire.
At the top of this large coil is a hollow copper sphere at least 4" in
diameter. A solid copper rod of 1/4" diameter and 4-5" long is soldered or
otherwise fastened to the bottom of the sphere. The sphere has a large
surface area to collect aerial electricity. When the voltage reaches a high
enough potential to bridge the spark gap, a current spike is inductively
transferred to the smaller coil (normally the primary) where it is fed into a
12vdc automotive ignition coil.
The length of the copper rod which is connected to the base of the copper
sphere, must be adjusted to 'tune' the device. The space between the copper
sphere and the primary coil should also be adjustable for optimizing the
energy collection. The primary coil is centered inside the secondary coil and
the quarter-wavelength frequency is 9.84 megacycles.
Much like another fascinating patent (Britten - 1,826,727), the negative
side of the battery is attached to the sphere, thus biasing it towards the
collection of ambient energy because it served as an elevated ground (drain).
The fat coil (normally the primary which is serving as a secondary) is
wrapped around the taller primary coil. It is constructed of 6 turns of 1/4"
copper tubing (25 feet) on a 16" diameter drum, having 1.5" spacing between
the turns. You can use cardboard tubes for the frame of the primary and
The oil-insulated capacitor is simply a pint jar filled with oil and having
two or more metal plates held suspended and partially insulated by the oil.
Note, the larger the surface area of the plates and the higher the dielectric
of the oil, the more power can be extracted.
As you can see, the drawing is mirrored with the one to the right showing
how the normal secondary would be inside the primary. The idea is to show not
only the coil arrangement but how the sphere can be adjusted heightwise to
allow for 'electrostatic tuning' for more energy accumulation.
Though I have not yet had a chance to experiment with these circuits,
future posts will include any results or failure to achieve them by any of us
at KeelyNet or whoever shares their tests with us. This kind of information
needs to be as freely shared as possible to minimize patenting or other means
of restricting its use. Please give these very simple experiments a shot and
let us know what you find. Be careful, we are talking about several thousands
of volts to produce a 1.5" spark. Thanks!