Who was this Donald Lee, the man who set power free? - And, was there “a method to his madness”, so to speak?


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Who was this Donald Lee, the man who set power free? And, what was the “method to his madness”, so to speak?

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Affectionately known to some as “the little Tesla from Texas” – “little” because he was short of stature, certainly not of creative mental ability, or strong determination – Donald Lee Smith (1928-2010) was an American petroleum geologist who devoted his retirement years to research and invention in electromagnetism. His dedicated effort on energy capture for power delivery reached a significant achievement in the form of a concise, thoroughly thought-through and refined method. It is exquisitely simple; in fact, deceptively so. As with all great solutions, once found and explained, it strikes one as “highly obvious”1. 1 His work on purely solid state power delivery devices – possibly developed in collaboration with a friend of his, a professor at the University of Tokyo – is in a class by itself, yet another cut above.

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Smith addresses both phases of the procedure, operating, at all times, in the radio frequency range. This is an essential aspect of his method2. There are two separate and distinct stages in the process of supplying power to a device or system. The first is procuring / obtaining the energy. The second is converting / transforming this energy into power. 2 [Edit on Apr 2, 2018] Two of Mr Smith's prototypes would appear to stand as exceptions, which follow a different approach. Both the rotating shield apparatus (Device 9) and the so-called 35 Kw Commercial Unit seem designed to operate throughout at the standard line frequency of 50/60 Hz.

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In the first step, if any “surplus” energy is required — above and beyond that supplied by his ostensible source — he draws it “on the fly” / “on demand” / “as needed” from the Earth’s magnetic- and electrical fields. The method is straightforward: an increase in potential (voltage) by means of any one of a number of standard devices; from conventional neon sign transformers (controlled by a regulator / dimmer) through lab type variacs and laser copier/printer power supplies to low cost switch-mode neon sign power adapters.

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Two side notes need to be inserted right away: First: energy is readily available from the Earth's magnetic- and electrical fields, with no set limits as to quantity. At radio frequency, in particular, a gain in potential — which is easily achieved — is a gain in energy. Second: This gain in energy is not an indispensable part of the Smith process. For low power applications — as exemplified in “The K4K Challenge”, with its 1,000 Watt output target — the first step may be skipped altogether.

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The second step is the conversion of the energy obtained into power. It presents an additional opportunity for gain. Because power is the quotient of energy over time, it follows that the shorter the interval that a transfer takes, the greater the power that the destination device will receive (from a given / identical amount of energy). While this is simple high-school physics, it also happens to be the basis for a sharp observation on the part of Nikola Tesla, concerning capacitors (in Tesla’s time, “condensers”, which he contrasted favorably to a very large gun, capable of hurling a projectile over a distance of 18 or 20 miles). [ A further discussion of this, with additional references, can be found at www.slideboom.com/1747458/ slides 106-111, and 117-122 ]

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Smith employs “high amperage” diodes to perform, in a simpler fashion, the function that the condenser fulfilled in Tesla’s example. The diodes allow for one or more sudden drops in resistance leading into the device being powered, without compromising the integrity of the upstream components in the circuit.3 Increased amperage applied to the available voltage translates into greater power delivered (from a given amount of energy available for transfer). [ 3 As per the interpretation presented in “The K4K Challenge”, found at www.slideboom.com/1692778 ]

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The inventor is tireless in stressing, over and over again, that “Ohm’s Law does not apply to… radio frequency systems”. He has to, as people — mostly lazy-minded know-it-alls — keep trying to argue that one can’t increase amperage without suffering a proportionate loss in voltage, and vice versa (i.e., Ohm’s Law). Note also that the effect described is not likely to work with any flow of energy in “continuous” or uninterrupted form (conventional DC or AC), yet it’s very much an option for a train of pulses, which are — so to speak — individual “pellets” or batches of energy distinctly separate from one another. Here the time factor can be “manipulated” by the operator, to produce an increase in power.

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Discontinuities - The Radio Frequency Threshold As an old-school scientist with all the “requisite” formal “knowledge”, Smith had a clear understanding of such notions as discontinuities and quantum phenomena. In layman’s terms, the idea that the fabric of the physical universe is not “smooth” and continuous, but that it shows “break-points” or “leaps” at apparently random intervals. (Our rational mind tells us there has to be some sort of a pattern to these intervals, but it doesn’t jump out of the page at us. At best, we can hope to find it, in due course). Be that as it may, the “leaps” or discontinuities are there. Phase changes, such as from solid to liquid or liquid to vapor; thresholds, such as from sub-sonic flight to supersonic flight. (A plane will behave / respond in markedly different fashion in each of those environments).

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For Smith, the threshold of radio frequency was a manifest case. It constituted a boundary beyond which electrical phenomena started to behave not just differently, but much more favorably to human purposes. He stressed this by repeatedly stating that “Ohm’s Law does not apply to radio frequency air-core coil systems”. This tied in with his other oft-cited assertion: at radio frequency the electrons do not travel through the conductor; they encircle it. Therefore, they’re not subject to the conductor’s resistance. In this regard, it is interesting to note that Gerry Vassilatos’ elaborate review of Tesla’s research into what he called radiant energy — first chapter of the book entitled Secrets of Cold War Technology — reaches a point of culmination or revelation when Tesla concludes that for an electromagnetic pulse not to cause physical pain or discomfort, its duration must not exceed 50 millionths of a second. Lo and behold, if one breaks the quantity of one million into batches of 50, what results is a total of 20,000 batches. In other words, a frequency of — roughly — 20,000 pulses (or cycles) per second; what has become identified as the threshold of radio frequency. (Note also that Dr Lindemann quotes extensively from this text by Vassilatos in his very detailed presentation on the work of Edwin V. Gray, which highlights its similarities with Tesla’s methods and circuit designs). [ Vassilatos - http://borderlandresearch.com/book/secrets-cold-war-tech/chapter-1 ] [ Lindemann Lecture, part 1 (of 3) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib0nViW9z70 ]

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Before there was materials science, there was geology. Smith was, first and foremost, a geologist. He became interested in electromagnetism through his work in petroleum prospecting, whose goal it was — let us not overlook this, as it shows a unity of purpose to the man’s endeavors over the years — to help meet humanity’s need for energy. While most others in his line of business routinely looked upon, and employed, geology as a mere subsidiary tool for the task at hand, he proceeded from the standpoint of the alert scientist and technologist. It didn’t take him long to relate the highly contrasting levels of magnetic and electrical flux in various sampling spots on the Earth’s crust to the wide range of characteristics and behaviors that different materials and elements exhibited with regard to electromagnetic phenomena. Reading Rocks

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Steeped as he was in chemistry, and fully acquainted with the concept of catalysis, it wasn’t hard for him to grasp the seeming paradox of those conjoined twins, electricity and magnetism, behaving as catalysts for one another – each “making the other possible”. In his words, one was never present without the other. It also seemed highly obvious to him that the behavior of electricity was similar to that of several other processes in nature. Like heat and pressure, it flowed spontaneously from high to low; namely, from an area where negative charges were in high concentration to one showing lower density of such charges. It followed that humans could facilitate flows of electric energy by providing efficient conduits between points with disparate levels of concentration.

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When plotted against his extensive knowledge of materials, and their abundance or scarcity on the Earth’s crust, this viewpoint led him to an understanding that the concept of “ground”, in electricity, was eminently relative. No place or chunk of material was “absolute ground”; rather, each of them occupied a certain position or level on the scale of negative charge concentration. Given any pair of points, the one with the lowest concentration played the role of “ground” in relation to the other. Energy would naturally tend to flow toward it.

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But there was more: as materials science advanced — along with the manufacturing of electronic devices, such as diodes, capable of effectively separating charges — humans had acquired the ability to purposely create areas of high concentration of negative charges to serve as points of departure for such energy transfers, as well as the reverse: areas of low concentration to act as the receiving end. In other words: people could design their own “ground gradients” in the form of electrical circuits and trigger energy flows through those circuits to power devices virtually at will.

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Smith's Ambient Energy Generator / Capacitor-Transformer — in effect, a Universal Energy Intake Valve — brightly integrates and applies these various insights. It receives power on its input plate (“D”), in the form of positive electrical charges (radio frequency DC pulses). This creates the conditions for its output plate (“E”) to draw the equivalent amount from the Ambient in the form most favorable to his intended purposes: negative charges. As these are discharged to ground through the primary coil of a transformer, whose secondary coil powers the load, the Ambient delivers additional charges to the output plate. Nov 2018 - This slide edited to correct name of input plate from “A” to “D”.

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The Ambient must do this in order to keep the system in a state of dynamic equilibrium, in which the mandatory voltage parity between the plates is maintained, despite the fact that charges are being consistently “drained” from the output plate. The device “cunningly” uses diodes to separate charges, and, specifically, to designate the "E" plate as the area with the highest concentration of negative charges. From there, the energy is only allowed to reach "conventional" ground (lower concentration) by flowing through the primary coil of a transformer whose secondary, isolated, coil powers the load. [ For a closer look into the Ambient Energy Generator / Capacitor-Transformer, see “Energy is FREE – Like the AIR that you breathe”, found at www.slideboom.com/1649182 ]

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Language / Terminology As is frequently the case with inventors, Smith developed a certain, highly personal, glossary or lexicon to refer to the various items, events and phenomena he was describing. Among the terms it included were “flipping”, “cycling”, “disturbing”, and “dislodging” of electron “pairs” or “doublets”. These last he saw as electrons in their “natural” “non-ionic” state. (“In coil systems, magnetic and amperage are one package. This suggests that electrons in their natural non-ionic state, exist as doublets”). Once “disturbed”, each of the components of the “doublet” will emit a charge; one, electric, the other, magnetic. The electrical charge has virtually no value, Smith firmly states, using another of his trademark expressions: it “dies a heat death” in short order.

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The magnetic charge, however, more than compensates. In the form of “magnetic resonance”, it is oblivious to “Ohmic resistance” and “can travel unrestricted for great distances”. When these units of magnetic flux are “deflected” (another Smith-ism, which roughly translates as “intercepted at 90 degrees”), they change to electrical flux, which is eagerly harvested by the conducting components of the system, strategically placed to perform energy intake (think of a transformer's secondary coil). Each deflected and harvested charge-let is instantly replaced by another, which promptly suffers the same fate. The point of deflection becomes the epicenter of a vortex that draws in – and conveys forward, now in electrical form – millions of these minute charges, “in much the same way that a water pump moves water”. Call it Turbocharged Electromagnetic Induction. On Steroids.

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The Patriot, the Self-Made Man, the Lover of Nature and Humanity Smith was a patriot who had served his country in several wars. Yet, the government of that selfsame country “thumbed its nose” at him by refusing to issue him patents for his discoveries and innovations. (He repeatedly showed to the U.S. Patent Office that their so-called justification — that they were not in the business of issuing patents to “over-unity” devices — was a lame excuse, given that such well-known devices as dynodes and Farnsworth’s multipactor were clearly “over-unity” and had been issued patents). He was also a child of the Depression, having been born in 1928, just before that tsunami hit. This would go a long way toward explaining his marked reluctance to give away the fruits of his labor. To him, everything had required sustained effort and / or willingness to confront mortal danger (as in war).

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Why should he have to give away – as some attendees at his presentations impatiently demanded – the discoveries he had earned through long hours of dedicated work, not to mention a strong determination to push on with his research, in defiance of all the experts (so-called) telling him “to forget about it”, that “this thing would not happen”? On the other hand, he was a religious man, and — as many a scientist — deeply enamored with nature. He also had a love for humanity, the sentiment that Plato called “agape”, as distinct from erotic love. From this standpoint, he passionately emphasized that his invention removed any conceivable justification for war over resources. With plentiful, cost-free energy, water could be freely desalinated and / or purified, as well as pumped over long distances.

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This meant that vast tracts of unexploited land could be brought into production. No place on Earth need be arid. No person on Earth need go hungry. Together, we could turn our home planet into the land of milk and honey. He thus charted a delicate course between violating the commitments he had entered into with his industrialist partners — something he wasn’t prepared to do — and potentially allowing his discovery to be lost upon his passing, which he was just as determined to do his utmost to prevent. The result was his seemingly erratic dissemination of tidbits of information here and there, made even more difficult to interpret by the devastating cerebrovascular accidents he suffered, which progressively constrained his ability to communicate.

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The Teacher as Master / Initiator A saying attributed to Confucius states: “Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three”. It is fairly apparent that, like many a masterful tutor before him, Smith rejected the idea of dictating solutions in a follow-the-steps fashion. Quite the contrary; he perceived the function of the teacher as that of a guide, whose role it was to ask pertinent questions, while providing hints and orientation from his position of greater experience and formal knowledge. We, the students, were required to take it from there. Resorting to everything from further study to creative imagination, we'd have to apply our own mental efforts to find the solution to a problem posed, or to fully grasp new, disruptive, concepts.

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300 W unit 900 W unit 6 KVA unit A “Parting Shot”: The SOLID STATE PRODUCT LINE Highly Purified – and “Contrasting” – Materials Yield Power On Contact

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With special thanks to Zed Varnett, who made available a treasure trove of information on Donald Lee Smith and his work at energyevo.com, the Uncle Don Memorial Team is pleased to contribute this brief homage to the inventor, on the occasion of his 89th Birthday Anniversary, October 31st, 2017. Uncle Don Memorial Team's Home Repository for all things Smith: http://www.slideboom.com/people/gdskeep

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJZvl9ikEyY&t=242 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZFW6eA7Nr8&t=460 Addendum – March 1, 2018 Responding to a request from a dedicated reviewer of our materials, we include the two links on this slide to show that the inventor already had under his belt the solid state technology at the time of his third major public appearance, in 1996. ’96 Tesla Symposium - Part 14 A: (On the Internet) there’s disclosure enough that you can do what I’m doing here, and I might tell you that what you’re seeing here is obsolete. I’m a couple of light years farther down the line than what you’re seeing here, but I’m doing what you’re seeing because most people think that you have to have something where you just turn a wall switch on, and that’s it. And that’s to accommodate the wall switch crowd that I’m doing (this). The thing is actually presently a solid state device which is very small and does al the things that these things do, but it’s a solid state device. ’96 Tesla Symposium - Part 17 Q: You mentioned that your latest device is… wouldn’t be recognizable from that one (points to Device 3) A: Yes… you wouldn’t… if you saw it, you wouldn’t… you wouldn’t think it does anything… Q: Well, there must be something that is the same from that board… looking at that board right there: the coils, perhaps? A: No, there’s no coils in the… Q: The capacitors… A: There’s no capacitors. Q: (laughs) A: I told you you wouldn’t recognize it, but it becomes obvious so quick… once you saw it and I explained it to you. Right now it’s like trying to explain color TV to American Indians back in eighteen and… fifties. But, uh, it’s not that complex. The same rules that apply to what’s happening here (indicates Dev 3) told me that you could do this the other way. So I built some of them and they worked the first time, absolutely perfect. And I can tell you that you can have hundreds of thousands of volts out of a tiny little matchbox. And at high amperage.

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“OK, see that pyramid there? The people in Egypt there, and their pyramids — back several thousand years before Christ — had energy devices, and what you’re seeing there is a photograph of the energy flux in the area of the pyramid, and it’s enormous. And the triangular shape is what contributes to that. The base material there would be one type of mineral – which has electrical characteristics, say, of one type – and then the pyramid itself is made of another type of material which has a different electrical uh, uh… component (means characteristic) and between the sand which it’s sitting on and the pyramid material, which is a different material, and the triangular shape of it gives us this energy flux”. “Von Däniken built some of the electric light bulbs that were shown in the pyramids, and they worked. It’s documented in all your information sources that he actually shows photographs of electric light bulbs which he’s duplicated, which look exactly like the ones the Egyptians were building three thousand years ago. So electricity’s been around in useful form for quite a while. We just didn’t understand it. We’re getting to the point where we’re beginning to understand it… you’re not “getting something for nothing”, and you’re not creating anything. You’re just simply changing it from one form to another, [magnetic flux to electrical flux] and in that change process from one form to another you have useful energy… It’s only when it’s going from one form to another that it becomes useful. And you capture it, just like the water running down from the mountains back to sea level. In between, you put a paddle wheel there… you’ve captured the energy. And this is true of all forms of energy; whether it’s electrical or whatever”. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJV-zOtfpaw&t=1218] Addendum – March 27, 2018

Summary: A brief homage to inventor Donald Lee Smith, on the occasion of his 89th Birthday Anniversary, October 31st, 2017. Explores the role that Mr Smith’s background in geology — including his extensive, first-hand knowledge of materials and elements — played in shaping his approach to electromagnetism. Shows how his inquisitive, open-minded examination of the notion of ground led him to re-develop and broaden the concept in an unorthodox, yet manifestly effective way. References his unique conception of the capacitor-transformer (what he called the Ambient Energy Generator) and provides a rare glimpse into the inventor’s most advanced contribution: the solid state product line of power delivery devices.

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