A S T R O  S A




Adelaide Branch

Welcome to the December newsletter. This month’s edition is being written on my new computer (Thanks to Dino’s new business, Advance Electronics, for a great price) so hopefully future newsletters will be out on time. Thanks also to Peter for the use of his computer during my “pencil and paper” period. This month has been relatively quiet on the alternative energy front, but there is some interesting things happening, so read on.


This months meeting began at 8.10 PM with 19 people present and an apology from Michael. Ashley opened the meeting with a special welcome being given to Daryl and Zita from Port Lincoln who arranged their travels to coincide with our meeting. Kevin then gave details of our financial situation which is looking OK. I followed with a report on the incoming correspondence for the month, which included the latest Crop Circle newsletter, a letter from Bill Owen giving information on how he is wanting to set up a Dissidents Physics Conference here in Australia, and an ASTRO Networks newsheet from Victoria. Letters were also received from Ian (Vic) regarding their continuing work on the Hyco type fuel vapour system and from Cliff (NSW) with some more information on Dennis Lee and the Low Temperature Phase Change Technology.

We then got on to the meeting proper with Tony starting proceedings by presenting a box of double sided circuit board blanks which are available for 50 cents each (a bargain!) Discussion then turned to the Crop Circle newsletter of which we had just received our last copy. I had not renewed the subscription as there had not been much interest in it and the committee thought that the money would be better spent on subscribing to something like Extraordinary Science. However there was a motion put forward by Ian that we continue to get this newsletter. The majority were in agreement, so we shall continue to subscribe to it.

Dino then let everyone know that he is now running a mail order company dealing in computers, associated equipment and CD-ROMS. He also explained about a programme called Excalibur which can be used to access a bulletin board using a windows environment. Getting back to Crop Circles, Ashley then mentioned that apparently some of the perpetrators of hoaxes of these circles have had some strange experiences (Karma?) and that some work is being done in the area of decoding circle information with reference to musical notes. Ashley also brought up the subject of the Split Cycle engine and said that a $5 million deal had been done with a European country. Apparently it is to be used as a hydraulic pump rather than an engine but there had been some problems to date. On a more “conventional” alternative energy note, Caroline announced the open day at the Kuitpo Village where there are demonstrations of solar, windpower, etc. and finally I showed some test flat plate collector panels that I have been working with for heating water.

We then had a repeat demonstration of the ball bearing motor experiments shown at the last meeting, thanks to Damien and his acquaintances at the Adelaide Uni. The PODMOD video was shown to finish off the meeting proper, with this subject creating a lot of interest and discussion afterwards during the “tea and bickies” part of the night.


We received the latest newsheet from the Victorian group which gave details of their November meeting in which they had Don Trachefski give a talk on “Optics and Energies of Pyramids”. Don has been studying and working with pyramids for many years and his talk featured a display of 40 pyramids that Don has built.


A rechargeable plastic lithium-ion battery has been developed by a company named Bellcore in America. The plastic is impregnated with a liquid electrolyte so that it does not feel wet and cannot leak. The battery consists of a positive plastic electrode bonded to aluminium mesh and a negative one bonded to copper mesh, with the plastic electrolyte sandwiched between the two. The complete assembly is about the same thickness as a credit card and can be bent into any shape and still work.


After the interest in the PODMOD video and in the Beardon/Trippett device, Has anyone persued this information any further and/or built a test device? Please let me know if you have and if so a report on the results for the next newsletter would be appreciated. One of the interesting parts of the video was a quote by Nick Butler which I have repeated below.

                        “Ask not what your Free Energy invention can do for you - Ask rather

                        what the wise use of your invention can do for your customer, their

                        family, their neighbours, countrymen and the world”

I think that it is important to remember this as we work on our experiments and not to lose track of why we are doing them.


As well as looking at new technologies, I feel we have to look at the old ones and make them as environmentally acceptable as well. One of the most difficult things to dispose of properly is the oil filter of the internal combustion engine. This is why I found this advertisement interesting when passed onto me by Ian, so I thought I would include it for everyone’s benefit. Does anybody know of an operation like this here in South Australia?


Tony has provided another article gleaned off Internet which is presented here. The Richard Clem overunity engine is said to have been first built back in 1972, and the following is a part of the article on it on Keelynet under the file “CLEM1.ASC”, dated December 26th, 1992.

“A local man  (Dallas)  developed  a  closed system engine  that  was purported to generate  350  HP  and  run itself.  The engine weighed about 200 pounds and ran on cooking oil at temperatures of 300 F.

It consisted of a cone mounted on  a  horizontal  axis.   The  shaft which  supported the  cone  was  hollow and the cone  had  spiralling channels cut into it. These spiralling pathways wound around the cone terminating at the cone base in the form of nozzles (rimjets).

When fluid was pumped into the hollow  shaft  at  pressures  ranging from 300-500 PSI (pounds per square inch), it moved  into the closed spiralling channels of  the  cone and exited from the nozzles.  This action caused the  cone to spin.   As  the  velocity  of the  fluid increased, so did the rotational speed of the cone.

As the speed continued to increase, the fluid heated up, requiring a heat exchange and  filtering  process.  At a certain  velocity,  the rotating cone became  independent  of  the drive system and began to operate of itself.  The engine ran at speeds of 1800 to 2300 RPM.

Immediately after the inventor had  the  heart attack and the papers were removed, the son of the inventor took the only working model of the machine to  a farm near Dallas.  There it was  buried  under  10 feet of concrete  and  has  been  running  at that depth for several years.

In later conversations, our contact  says the engine had been tested by Bendix Corporation.  The test involved attaching the engine to a dynamometer to measure  the  amount  of  horsepower generated by the engine in its self-running mode.

It generated a  consistent  350 HP  for  9  consecutive  days  which astounded the engineers at Bendix.  They concluded  the  only source of power which  could  generate  this  much power in a CLOSED SYSTEM over an extended period must be of an atomic nature.

Construction of the engine was from off the shelf components except for the hollow  shaft and the custom cone with the  enclosed  spiral channels.

Richard Clem worked  with heavy machinery for the city of Dallas and had noticed that certain kinds of  high  pressure pumps continued to run for short  periods after the power was removed.   His  curiosity into this phenomenon led to the development of the Clem Engine.”


The article on the preceding page comes from the latest Greenpeace magazine and shows where the state of the art solar technology is up to. Larger amounts of power suitable for running a house can be produced but the cost of panels and batteries is still very high. There must be a better way!!!


A Sydney based firm called Quantum Link Energy Systems have produced a hot water system using the LTPC technology. This system is on the market now and sells for around $2000 for a 80 Litre Compact model up to $3250 for a 340 Litre Split model.

Energy usage of the system is quoted as being 15% of the equivalent gas energy, 25% of an electric insertion element and about 40% of the energy used by the booster element in a solar system to produce the equivalent amount of hot water.

The evaporator plates absorb whatever heat energy is available in the surrounding atmosphere, whether it is wind, rain, day or night. The refrigerant vapour is compressed through the compressor which raises the temperature of the gas, the vapour is then passed through the condensor coils that are wrapped around the water tank which heats up the water and as the vapour condenses it returns to it’s initial liquid state and the cycle is continuously repeated.

The evaporator panels are placed either on the outside of the tank in the Compact unit or are located remotely on a wall or roof in the Split unit. The radiator unit is wrapped around the water tank to transfer the heat to the water. No booster element is required as the unit produces heat both day and night down to a temperature of -20 degrees.


The next meeting will be held on the third Friday once again, at the usual time of 7.30 PM, the date being :  FRIDAY 16TH.

The video for this meeting will be: AN HOUR WITH STAN DEYO

The usual applies in that please bring $3.00 to cover video purchase and newsletter printing and postage, and something for supper would be appreciated.

I hope to see you all at the next meeting !!!!