A S T R O  S A


Adelaide Branch

Welcome to the April newsletter. This month has seen a couple of Victorian visitors, with Ian paying us a visit during the month and Sergio and Josephine attending the March meeting. (well the last half of it anyway) It was really good to meet up with these people again and a good exchange of information took place. This led me to thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to organise some kind of gathering of ASTRO and similar groups once a year for the purpose of meeting face to face and sharing our ideas, demonstrations, etc. Anybody like to organise something???


This months meeting began at 8.10pm with 25 people present and apologies from Cedric, Michael and Ian. Four new people were welcomed by Ashley followed by Kevin giving us the sad news on our financial status, although the books should be a bit healthier after the meeting. I gave a report on incoming mail which included a letter from Byron Bay ASTRO giving an update on their latest projects amongst which is a scheme with other environmental groups to implement Schauberger concepts on local sewerage and river enhancement, etc. - it will be interesting to here the outcome of this. Also received this month were the ASTRO Networks Vic. news sheet, more Dennis Lee information (both for and against), the latest from TEAP in WA and a letter from Sydney regarding a not too friendly magnet motor inventor. We also discussed the flyer distribution to advertise the group, which is basically completed, and finally I brought up the subject of a campaign that Greenpeace are running to bring the subject of renewable energy sources to the forefront with politicians.

Andrew reported on his progress with his steam injection system and said he has begun on the manifold and second carburetor. Ashley presented an article from Nexus regarding tying power cords in different configurations to get various effects and Tony showed us his latest toy, a demonstration of the theory of magnetic instability caused by stacking magnets in blocks. (see article later in this newsletter) The demonstration certainly showed an acceleration as the movable magnets rotated past the stationary ones ( in one direction only) Allan brought up the subject of a Quantum programme which showed an Adelaide architect who is designing houses here which use solar techniques extensively. The architects own house cost him $40,000 and he claims that his investment will pay for itself in 10 years - after that he says it will actually be making him money. One of the unusual features of the design is a wing shaped roof designed to suck warm air out of the top of the house and replace it with cool air from an air inlet near the ground.

Ashley then asked for any responses to the article in the last newsletter regarding fuel saving devices. Kevin said he had been in contact with the inventor from Canberra, who was quite helpful, when news of the device first came out about two years ago but subsequent tries to contact him by phone and letter have been received by silence another mystery! Other economy type inventions were then discussed, the first from Ashley being an item from New Zealand called a Briggs Gasket which had wire gauze in a cone shape which fitted between the carburettor and the manifold and between the manifold and the head. Kevin and I tried this technique a couple of years ago but found the gauze blocked up with ice when it was cool. I guess this does mean however that the fuel must be vaporising to give this effect. Leon mentioned the use of an ultrasonic device in the manifold and Tony related the story of someone who used a rotating can driven from the crankshaft onto which the fuel was sprayed to mechanically break it up. (does he make these stories up ??)

Finally Robert attempted a demonstration of his ball bearing motor set up in a loop, but unfortunately it only succeeded in welding the ball to the loop. The sparks however were most spectacular. The videos shown were the first half hour of the John Lear video, followed by Hacker Attack both of which were a bit different to what we usually see. Some interesting conversations followed along with tea, coffee and some yummy cream puffs with the last stragglers being booted out at around midnight.


Reports on the MRA scene are slowing down but the main players in America are still claiming 10 times power gain with confirmations of other experimenters repeating these results coming in. The only device that I know of here in SA has not shown any of these kind of results, in fact it has only shown 10% efficiency. Anyway before it is finally laid to rest, below is an article from Joel McClain regarding using a capacitor instead of the piezo which he claims gives similar results to that obtained with the original circuit.

"In a previous message, I mentioned using a capacitor instead of a piezo for a low power MRA. The reason why this can be done is that almost all capacitors are piezoelectric to some extent. If you drop a capacitor on the floor, and then measure the terminal voltage, you will find that it has increased. Similarly, if you tap a piezo, and measure the voltage at its terminals, it will increase.

The dielectric has a major role in the piezo effect, as does the film material. The PZTs which we normally use contains titanium, which has the absolute highest dielectric constant of any material, and this allows the circuit Q to achieve maximum value, so the charge is maximized while leakage is close to zero. However, the PZT is a high energy device, so in a low power circuit, the piezoelectric effect of a capacitor is adequate, actually preferred, for substantial power gains.

With a capacitor and a Radio Shack magnet, the resonant frequency is higher, around triple the frequency used in the PZT type MRA. This is of no consequence if you want to build the device for test, and to power it from only a low power signal generator. You can use an LED as the load device, and power it to ten times the brightness off of the MRA as you can from the signal generator alone, and the voltages and currents will match those which Ohm's Law says are necessary for the 1000% increase in power."


Lee has informed me that he has prepared a radio programme on Nikola Tesla called "Nikola Tesla - The Rapture of Invention". This will air on Radio National's "Radio Eye" programme on Sunday night, at 8.30 pm, on the 2nd of April. The programme will feature Duncan Roads, David Childress and Chris Illert amongst others. It will be repeated later in July on a Saturday afternoon in conjunction with a science show in Melbourne which features Tesla technology. Radio National is an ABC network on the AM band, and frequencies are: Sydney 2RN 576, Melbourne 3RN 621, Adelaide 5RN 729, Canberra 2RN 846, Brisbane 4RN 792, Perth 6RN 810, Hobart 7RN 585, and by satellite to regional centres across Australia.

The Sydney groups video programme has come to a halt at the moment as Lee has been ill and has not had the energy to organise these popular afternoons. We wish Lee all the best for a speedy recovery.


The latest Greenpeace magazine had the following article on a large solar power station planned to be built in America, showing that maybe this is one possible solution to our environmental problems.

"The Enron Corporation in America is planning to build a massive solar power station in the Nevada desert which is expected to produce electricity for only 4 cents per kilowatt hour by the year 2020. Americans currently pay about 8 cents a kilowatt hour for fossil fuel power.

Enron can offer commercially competitive solar power by inexpensively (what is inexpensive??) mass producing thousands of solar panels and erecting them in the Nevada desert. The plant is expected to produce enough power for a city of 100,000 people.--


Roger has been busy again contacting the TEAP people in WA regarding their Thermo, Volumetric Motor as mentioned in last months newsletter. They have stated that the TVM system will be commercially available some time around August at a price yet to be confirmed. Lets hope it actually makes it into the market place.

On a more technical note about the sizing of their systems, they said that to calculate the area of the solar collector and the thermal capsules (heat bank) required to heat a certain area/house, the total heat load considerations must be taken into account, using various engineering formulae. However a rough rule of thumb for Perth is 1 square metre of collector to 5 square meters of capsules.

They, like most other companies, are looking for money and have two positions available for investors before they list on the Australian Stock Exchange - all you need is $25,000 to $50,000 and your in!!


This is the newest offering from the world of Internet via Tony. The history and theory of Magnetic Instability is presented this month as is the constructional details on how to make a working model.

Stewart Harris had a dream back in 1978 which showed him how to make a magnetic track that would power itself. He built it the next day using cardboard, scotch tape and off-the-shelf disc magnets from Radio Shack. It worked just as he saw it in the dream.

Attempts to patent it were unsuccessful, causing Stewart to put it away since 1978. Within the past couple of years, Stewart decided to put it out on the networks and see what came of it. The concept was mercilessly flamed (Insulted and made fun of) on the InterNet. This was from people who did not try to comprehend what was claimed or to duplicate the device. Stewart was very disappointed in the reactions.

Back in early January 1995, the TMIDEVIC file was sent to KeelyNet. It was constructed by several KeelyNet experimenters and found to WORK just as described. The inventor has been notified of our successes and is very much enthused by such positive feedback.

The device is quite simple and has numerous possible configurations. It is based on an anomalous effect relating to the instability of joined magnets. There is a thrust from the magnetic fields causing the moveable roller to push up and over a ramp. Gravity then causes the roller to move down the decline. It is believed the device can be configured in a circular, see-saw or zig-zag track to run on its own power.

This past year, John Searl spoke at both the ISNE (International Society for New Energy out of Fort Collins) and ITS (International Tesla Society out of Colorado Springs). He made reference to his circular track demonstration which could be demonstrated on a desktop.

As I understand this circular track, it consisted of hills and valleys on which was placed a 'roller magnet'. The roller magnet would then begin to circulate around the track under its own power, gaining speed with each revolution. This is the basis of Searl's SEG (Space Energy Generator) and his flying disk. Many KeelyNetters who have duplicated the initial Harris linear magnetic drive also have seen the correlation with the Searl circular track.

To construct your own TOMI (Theory Of Magnetic Instability) device;

1) For the ONE ramp test: Buy 30 circular magnets (with the hole in the middle) from Radio Shack, these cost $1.69 for  5    magnets, so the magnets will cost about $10.00. For the TWO ramp test: Buy 50 circular magnets (with the hole in the middle) from Radio Shack, about $17.00

2) Take some stiff cardboard and make two hills (each hill consists of an incline and a decline, experiment with the angle, about 30 degrees)

3) Make three rolls (or five rolls if you are using 2 ramps) of 10 magnets each (connect the magnets to form 10 magnet stacks, kind of like a roll of Lifesavers

4) Tape these magnets together with scotch tape

5) The ones for the side of the ramps are called RUNNERS, one other 10 magnet roll is used as the ROLLER that moves up the incline between the RUNNERS

4) On each ramp (incline), you attach one roll of magnets running up each side, so that's two magnet rolls per incline and NONE on the decline

5) The RUNNER magnets on the sides should arranged to be of opposite polarity, that is, North at the top on one side, South at the top on the opposite side

6) The ROLLER should be placed at the base of the ramp with its poles facing like poles on the RUNNERS, since LIKE magnetic poles REPEL, this will provide the repulsion you require to make the ROLLER move up the incline between

For the Harris device, the 'over the hump' necessary for any perpetual motion device is provided by the downward push of gravity on the roller as it moves down the decline. The inertia of the moving roller must be sufficient to get it past the attractive end of the guide magnets and over the apex of the incline/decline. This is something you will have to provide for in other configurations if you want to make it 'perpetual'.

One other tip, the more magnets you stack together, the weaker will be the overall force. A common idea is to create a circle of connected magnets that will provide a continuous acceleration. It sounds good, but in fact will not work, so don't go out and buy $100s of bucks worth of magnets. Try it yourself by stacking 20 or so magnets together and see how the field weakens.

The following diagrams show how simple it is to reproduce, experiment with it, have fun and we would all appreciate being informed of any improvements you might make.


David from Melbourne has sent me an item on the ultracapacitor. This device has been refined using new types of electrolytes and electrodes which are non corrosive and don't need semi-precious metals for their manufacture. American companies PRIDC0 and Westinghouse-Gould have developed this device to its present state in a joint effort. Future commercial applications include load-levelling power sources for hybrid electric cars, aeroplane wing de-icing, industrial robotics and arc welding.

It is envisioned that ultracapacitors may also serve as more compact power devices for power tools, heart defibrillators, electrically preheated catalytic converters, cordless telephones, and electronic toys. Automated mass manufacturing has begun for devices of various sizes to address several main applications.


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


At this. stage there is no video or guest speaker planned due to a lack of suitable subject matter, so if any of you out there have some suggestions please let me know.

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

Finally, just to keep all those egos under control, is a quote from the movie "The Little Budda".