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I am a electronics engineer and must warn those that get your so-called reports that they are erroneous at many levels. You are not qualified to say anything as you are nothing more than a meter reader with numerous misconceptions that is not your fault because you have been misled. Example is the Ghram-Setzler dirty electricity paper is based on false assumptions and no real science. It has been ridiculed by engineers. Do not cite is as it is garbage. You will wind up in trouble writing about the misconceptions on the web.

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Dear Ben,

You may be an electronics engineer, but I don't know what field experience you have. My field experience involves being a nuclear reactor operator with all the associated required training, as well as being a nuclear instrument and control tech, depending on the shift I was on, for Uncle Sam. You're welcome. It also involves being a power system operator, controlling the bulk and distribution system for thousands of square miles. There being too many monday-morning quarterbacks, I relocated to being an electronic tech for this same power system. So maybe I am a glorified meter reader, or maybe, just maybe, I know what I am talking about, and you're blowing smoke. I am glad you point out the graham-stetzer filters, because nowhere on my pages do I condone them, and more than not I am fully opposed to them, and their wannabees, Greenwave, DNA, Quiet Island, etc. I agree Stetzer's "dirty electricity paper" is based on false assumptions and no real science. But my treatment is to call these emissions for what they are, Harmonics, as you should know. Being an electronics engineer, perhaps you can distinguish between the capacitors used by Stetzer, and those use on the power system, which would be more useful to any reader, than your ranting and raving. I fully know the difference, but spare readers those "subtle" technical details, looking at the big picture instead.

Sal

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I have heard this before, it usually starts off in the first sentence to let their presence be known " I am an engineer". Does this title mean God gave you dominion over the electronics world and power industry? It is obvious you have no idea who the author is of this blog. Please find another blog to troll on. Thank you.

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Another good read.

On the subject of CRTs, as far back as I could remember I could always hear a "tube" TV's high-pitched squeal when it was on. Once as a child I began to investigate this sound because I noticed it did not come from the speaker, and I could seemingly hear it through walls without any reduction in volume. No matter how far away I was from a TV or how many doors I shut, to my bewilderment I could hear it anywhere in the house. Funny to look back on now, as a little kid I was unknowingly already trying to mitigate my EMF exposure (and failing miserably).

EMFs are weird.

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Thank you,

With proper filtering . . . the manner in which you demand current, however weird, should Not reflect back into the power system that is feeding your gadget, small or large. Without proper filtering, which may be more a rule than the exception, the weirdness of the device becomes the weirdness of the power system. Since most residential wiring across the country has been a form of wire insulated in plastic, which is transparent to alternating fields (and so are most walls and floors), the horizontal oscillator of tube TVs and old monitors that ran at about 15,000 Hz, possibly emanated from every other wire in the home, making the perception "global" in your living space.

The solution would have been, of course, to swap out the TV for one that had better circuitry, since changing wiring to armored was not an option, or even a consideration. After all, if only the kid is hearing it . . . maybe he's imagining it!

Sal

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Stupid filtering is one of the biggest scams out there selling junk but you do not know it.

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I can definitely understand that the wiring could've picked up the emanations, I ran into that in recent time with my girlfriend's plasma TV. We had that plasma TV displaying a weather radar on a stormy night and I went into our bedroom with my handy ol' RadioShack AM/FM radio to see if there were any local weather updates (I have no form of television service, only internet) and I found that I couldn't get reception indoors because that plasma TV was spitting out some crazy noise into the air and, apparently, onto the wiring too like you said. I later read on one EMF website that plasma TVs are really bad with these emissions. That plasma TV now sits disconnected to the side while a flatscreen computer monitor takes its place.

Back onto CRTs, your explanation with the oscillator makes sense but I am not so sure that is what was happening in my case as a child, and I was certainly not imagining it. After my little experiment I told my dad about the strange sound coming from the TV and he told me that he could hear it too and that "all electronics do that"...

That said, I could not only hear our living room tube TV, but _any_ tube TV so long as I was "within range", whatever that range was. At school this quickly earned me a reputation as a weird kid. If a classroom had a running TV inside, I could hear it long before I passed the doorway. I recall one class where I walked in and could hear the TV was on despite it showing a black screen. I complained that the TV should be turned off because of the shrill noise and the other students told me that it wasn't on. I said I could tell it was on because it was making "the sound that all TVs make" and the other students said I was BSing and they heard nothing. I then wowed them by... turning off the TV, with the screen making that momentary flash that fades into a dot as CRTs do when turned off. With no one buying my explanation that I could hear TVs, it became this lame mystery of "how did Russell know...?".

In that same vein I suppose, I could also hear the hearing test machines at school, much to the confusion of the folks giving me the test. They found that I heard the expected tones, but I also signaled to them when there was "no sound". I'd be taken to the side where I would be told to "stop playing games" and only signal when I heard a sound. Take the test again, same thing. Then I was given a whole spiel about how I'm not taking this seriously and I'm wasting the time of these people who are trying to help me, to which I angrily responded that I am taking it seriously because I did exactly what I was told so why are they complaining? After conversing among themselves for a moment, they wrote me off as passing my hearing test and moved on...

With the life story of my tinnitus out of the way, I see the occasional (inevitable) typo in Electric Hostage and I would be happy to proofread it. I don't know how much time you spend on Electric Hostage on a day-to-day basis, but if that's one less thing to take up your time I will gladly do it.

Best regards,

Russell

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In former days, we used transformers to step voltages down or up. Smooth move, and noise-free, relatively. For various reasons in concert (lots of copper used in transformer windings, need to keep electronic engineers employed, etc.), there was a transition to Switching Supplies where the transformer is miniaturized, sometimes to the size of a pea. Yes, that small. This is accomplished by a high speed oscillator, operating anywhere from, say, 10 kHz on up. But because they need a stable DC to operate properly, they use a voltage stabilizing capacitor on the voltage supply. Although the oscillator operates at high frequency, the capacitor gets its charge from the AC power, so every cycle it takes a burst of charge. Because it doesn't use current smoothly and continuously, it acts like a fluorescent bulb, where it waits for the voltage to reach a certain value, then it has a short burst of current demand. This causes echoes of the power frequency / Harmonics. These are within the frequency region we are most sensitive to. As you add more of these gadgets (computer battery charger, mobile phone charger, LED lighting, plasma TV, etc.), the "flavor" of the power system's ambiance in free space changes, for worse.

Being extra sensitive, hearing-wise, can be blessing, and a curse. My wonderful wife sometimes tells me about noises she hears, and I don't. And many time we find it's some source outside our home. We have a bedroom that has a sound of running water, just above the hearing threshold. One quiet night I decided to open the window, and the sound got louder. it was the traffic on an elevated highway, about 1/2 mile away, crossing the Delaware River.

Electric Hostage was a one-man effort to do right for certain consultants, who were not taught the fundamentals as I expound on them, and on many occasions of meeting them on technical endeavors, they were expressing many Aha moments. I worked on it on and off over a few years, and inevitably a few typos crept in there, because I oftentimes think faster than I can speak / or read, so I fell victim to my own effort. The book is intended to refine a consultant's EMF skills, or create them in someone who has the time and patience to get it from a book. I tried to to make the latter easier with the graphics, as long ago I had the opportunity to learn the same stuff from literature, instead of the classroom, and i thrived.

Eventually, and I don't have a timing schedule, Electric Hostage may be revised to eliminate some redundancy, as well as correct typos. But if you see typos, I welcome you mentioning them, and if the typo detracts from the intended meaning, I'll also be glad to clarify.

Sal

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Interesting info regarding the transformers being replaced with the switching power supplies, and after a quick search on power supply diagrams I see what you mean about the oscillator. That would certainly explain why my dad would often go on tirades about the virtues of older analog equipment and how all the modern digital stuff is "built the wrong way", even going so far as to build as much of his own electronics as possible. It was not uncommon to come home and find my dad winding his own transformer for yet another project. I won't lie, I have thought about looking into NEETS and taking up my dad's old hobbies, especially after watching videos on youtube of Ukrainians messing around with microwaves and other high-voltage equipment in the most haphazard (and hilarious) ways possible.

My most recent find when messing around with my tinnitus was regarding my computer's graphics card. I'd known for years that whenever I would play certain video games the graphics card would make strange screeches, so I don't play games much anymore. After learning about this EMF stuff I poked around with some equipment. I found that I only heard the sounds when the graphics card created a magnetic field large enough to envelop my head. Must be those oscillators you mention, interesting.

You certainly have helped create some EMF skills from me reading your website, enough skills to help myself and my girlfriend get to sleep at least. In 2019 I even printed your website out and bound it so I wouldn't burn my eyes out from having to stare at a screen for hours. I currently have a job that leaves me twiddling me thumbs for several hours when things get slow, so I'll definitely be reading your book there. Unfortunately that job has me in clear line of sight three cell towers right across the street with a fourth tower down the block. My cheapo Tenmars TM-195 RF meter says I'm surrounded by a minimum of about 3mW, with spikes up to about 100mW. Not sure how accurate Tenmars' products are, but I recently got a Safe and Sound Pro II and its reading aren't encouraging either. With increasing head pains over the weeks I ordered a super cheap surplus Soviet RF suit from the 80's that is supposed to cover VHF/UHF/SHF, it just arrived today but I have concern about it conducting AC electric fields. It is what it is.

Also on the old note of podcasts, I already found your interviews on IAQ Radio, LearnTrueHealth, and most recently found the one you did with The Business Caring Formula. That second appearance you made on IAQ Radio was crucial, I watched it several times to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Russell

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NEETS (Navy Electrical and Electronic Training Series) is an excellent resource. Although I studied it in the 70s, much of the material is still current. Its longevity is owed in part, due to concepts and applications based on the laws of physics and chemistry. It is available at tpub.com free, with lots of adverts, or available for purchase from the same site as a downloadable file or CD. However, all of these forms are lacking, since in scanning pages some material did not scan properly, namely the section on Harmonics (composition of non sinusoidal waves), where any one graphic may have transferred 50%. Additionally, all of these forms of access require some digital medium to peruse it. Getting a hardcopy would be best, but I have not researched the matter. Some time ago I tried to correct the problem by uploading a file to my website with the complete graphics in the improperly scanned pages on Harmonics, but later took it down due to lack of interest.

I consulted with a client in Europe a while back, who had a suit tailored for him out of conductive fabric. He said that with it he could go out and into a crowd such as a mall, or shopping and tolerate his surroundings. Without it, he could not. The suit, being conductive, approaches a Faraday enclosure, and to the extent that it encloses your body, it will bypass Electric and RF fields around you. A Faraday enclosure requires no grounding, and as in the YouTube link I provided previously, it cannot be grounded. Part of the failure of those who try to employ such an enclosure as for a whole room, is bringing things electric into it, which then defeats the entire purpose and increases exposure.

A wannabee consultant was doing a cross-country trip promoting shielding along the Faraday line, without providing all the details or caveats. Clients who bought into it were then looking for someone else to explain what was going on, as they felt worse.

Sal

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I have taken a look into the online postings for NEETS, but even with a blue light filter I don't want to push myself to stare at a screen so long. I've looked into the printed and bound copies of the different sections that NEETS has, they're around thirty dollars each so I was planning on that route. Thanks for the heads up on bad scans for the harmonics section, that definitely would've put my OCD into overdrive.

Interesting details on the suit, but I was under the impression that an RF suit would not protect against AC electric fields like the powerline worker's suits since an RF suit (at least the 1980's Soviet suit I have) is not totally enclosed what with my hands, feet, and face exposed (I removed the goofy facemask and substitute a shielded cap ordered from LessEMF). This thinking comes from a construction RF safety video where it warned that an RF suit would not protect against electrical exposure but would instead make it even more dangerous, though I could've misunderstood.

I do understand that a faraday enclosure doesn't jive with grounding, but as I said above since the RF suit isn't fully enclosed I thought that did not apply. This thinking also comes from my experience in shielding my bedroom with heavy duty aluminum foil - I have a ground rod with a grounding wire leading to layers of foil under my carpet and on the walls making sure not to cover the ceiling as I recall you saying that it would cut you off from the Earth's electric field and that would be bad in itself (God help my downstairs neighbors for what I've done, but good lord they bought into those 'smart' appliances). One week the girlfriend complained that she could sense something wrong with the foil, and I discovered around 20VAC on the foil and my grounding wire having been cut by a landscaper. So with that in mind, I thought an RF suit would 'work better' if you could somehow ground it.

Regarding electronics in my shielded bedroom I made sure to use shielded everything for both my and my girlfriend's computers (no wifi, only cat7 ethernet) to keep exposure down since you warned about that. I've been meaning to rig up shielding for the modem and router (wifi disabled), but we shut off breakers at night for what it's worth.

I will admit after I first found your website I wanted to go around offering very basic EMF consulting, but I never went through with it because I couldn't bear the thought of making a mistake that caused someone discomfort or outright harm. That and I didn't want to end up on your shit list, Mr. Duca (or is it Mr. La Duca?).

Also if you want any of the art in Electric Hostage to be redone or replaced, my girlfriend offers her artistic ability at no cost as she is also grateful to you for how you've helped us.

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