An article from Nexus Magazine Jan/Feb 1992
ELF - Extremely Low Frequency
They affect us all in ways we may never consciously realise!
By Dr Robert Beck
In 1952, German physicist named W. O. Schumann, playing around with math as physicists are
prone to do, postulated that the earth - being a good conductor - was surrounded by a good
dielectric called air.. And around this is another layer of a good conductor know as the ionosphere,
the Heaviside Layer, and that this constitutes a potentially resonant system. That means that
any energy trapped in this earth-ionosphere cavity - like lightning storms, etc., - will cause
it to ring like a bell. But the surprise was that this signal frequency was the identical spectrum
of human brain waves. It had to be of irresistible interest to me to build an apparatus which
would measure the earth's brain wave, and at the same time measure the Witch Doctor's brain
waves, and see if there was a correlation - which we did.
This publication, which is the Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards, Division
of Radio Propagation, (p3, Vol. #66, May-June 1962); tells of one of the early efforts where
a government study, granted to Drs. Koch and Pitchum at the University of Rhode Island, had
made recordings of the earth's brain wave; and those of you who know anything about Encephalography
could almost diagnose the patient by these little squiggles. They look identical to human brain
waves! (See figure 1)
We're reading the Magnetic H-wave which is the psychoactive component. Any radio propagation
wave has three components: the E-wave which can be picked up by an antenna, the electro-static
component, and the magnetic component - the vector is 90 degrees at right angles to it.
So we built apparatus to test the thesis: There are certain people walking among us today
- perhaps one person in three thousand - who by dent of heredity, or training, meditation,
or whatever it might be, is able to tune in to this magnetic component which is down around
one micro-gauss, one millionth of a gauss. Somehow they latch on to this cosmic carrier of
information, transduce it into paranormal "seeing" ability.
Now, the brain wave spectra seems to centre around that magic number of 7.8 to 8.0 Hertz (cycles
per second). In other words, we now have an objective test to see whether that person is tuning
into a paranormal state of consciousness, or whether he is making it up as he goes along.
If we look at these curves at 8 Hz, 7.8 Hz, there is a tremendous node in the earth's brain
wave. There's another one at about 14 Hz, etc. Amazing! The same numbers which you get at the
alpha-beta border, the alpha wave, beta etc. Man is a bio-cosmic resonator.
Now what are some of the factors which can alter human moods if this thesis is correct? Sunspot
activity. Recall how solar flare activity totally disrupts radio communication on this planet?
It also changes the frequency of the Schuman wave. Lunar tides. The same gravity forces that
cause tides in our oceans de-tunes the earth ionosphere cavity slightly, changing its frequency.
How about this as a solution for "moon madness"?
A lot of previously anecdotal, but very well documented data, is going to seem to fit this
model of why man is sensitive to these cosmic events. Here are some photographs of solar flare
activity. The earth, drawn to the same scale as some of these tremendous bursts of energy,
is this little dot right here. Tremendous bursts of energy from outer space alter the earth's
ionospheric cavity, therefore changing the frequency slightly; therefore it can re-tune our
nervous systems, electromagnetically. (ed Note: We don't have Mr Beck's film strip, but we
do have a copy of the classic in this field, Dewey and Dakin's Cycles, the Science of Prediction,
published in 1947 by Henry Holt & Co., New York. Figure 2 is a reproduction of chart 9,
On page 142, Dewey and Dakin write: "....in 1934, two Harvard research workers, Carlos
Garcia-Mata and Felix Shaffner, re-examined the Jevons studies (on crop cycles) and checked
them; they ended up with the conclusion that the sunspot phenomena showed a remarkable correlation
with industrial production, business activity, and with stock market prices. Since this particular
outcome of these studies apparently left them a little surprised and aghast, the two students
threw up their hands and passed the problem over to the biologists and the psychologists." Who
weren't particularly interested, we might add.
But Russian physicists were! They later proved in their own way the 4th Kingdom of Nature,
the human kingdom, reacts immediately to the magnetic changes of the sun, and offered this
knowledge for the practical and tactical use of the military maniacs in Moscow.
Now we won't go into the physics of the H-Layer and the I-Layer etc., but basically the ionised
particles that are emitted by the sunspot activity eventually arrive at earth, are trapped
at the north and south Geomagnetic Poles, and cause all sorts of electro-magnetic anomalies.
One of the things that we are familiar with that are triggered by this energy coming in from
the sun are the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis. These reveal the tremendous amount of
energy that comes in and ionises the rare gasses, creating the luminescence, nature's light
What if the ancient people realised that on certain days of the year, (the solstices, the
equinoxes, etc.), these frequencies change? And what if the priesthood decided to build observatories
like Stonehenge and the ones all over Central and South America, Europe and England - to predict
these so the people could be either freed or implanted all over again. I don't know the answers
to those totally hypothetical questions, but it was terribly important to them to predict these
Now man is unique in that the RNA in his brain has a dielectric constant (K) of 140,000. How
many engineers are here? Do you realise the significance of that figure? That one little cell,
out of billions and billions in your cerebral cortex, can approach the liquid crystal boundaries.
it's a quantum transducer that will respond to coherent energies in the neighbourhood of one
hundredth of a micro-gauss. This has not been suspected until fairly recently. It means that
we are not $2.40 worth of minerals and water - as I learned when I was in the third grade.
We are incredibly complex bio-cosmic transducers; and the things that we have been calling
mind, or occult, or what have you, are today surrendering to scientific research on a rational
basis. It means that we have within us probably one of the most sensitive, quadruple-conversion,
superheterodyne receivers that's ever been developed; and that we can respond to energy levels
that almost appear paranormal.
In fact, some of the paperwork that came out of the secret files, and was declassified and
hand delivered to me, pointed out that our own Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1975 had
given a research grant to Garret Air Research Corporation, El Segundo, California, which Dr.
Ed Wortz (one of my buddies in biofeedback research), and Dr Jed Erkins had predicted the exact
mechanism by which the Soviets are manipulating - or can manipulate us globally using this
very data; that man, as a bio-cosmic transducer, can respond to things which had previously
been called ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) with known, physical mechanisms. That's what it
Now, an interesting thing developed. A. S. Pressman, Dept of Physics, Moscow University, did
this open literature survey of the work on magnetics and life a number of years ago. Then suddenly
most of these references - or rather the critical ones in Soviet literature - went underground.
Is this trying to tell us something? At the time I did my own literature search - and I have
a copy of the bibliography here, in which I found 182 references in the open literature - to
the effects of extremely low frequency electro-static and electro-magnetic fields on human
performance, mood, etc. At that time all of these things were in the open literature. Now one
of my students went around to the bio-med library in UCLA not long ago (University of California
in Los Angeles) and found a number of these had been sliced out of the text with a razor blade!
That leads us to two conclusions: were the kids too broke to put a dime in the Xerox machine?
Or had some of these purposely removed?
How about the relationship between the mean annual magnetic activity and the number of sunspots?
Again, man is a bio-cosmic transducer. We know we live on a planet that has fairly well predicted
(7,21, 11 etc.) cycles. What about this curve of magnetic storms, and mortality from nervous
and cardiovascular diseases? A guy with a 25-Watt transmitter - with the Luxembourg effect
(which means a circularly polarised antenna aimed at the ionosphere), with a few Hz frequency
difference from a 50,000 watt broadcast transmitter can mood-manipulate an area of about 200
square miles. Dangerous? Hell yes!
How about comparison with daily periodic changes and the earth's electric and magnetic fields,
and rhythms of living organisms? Circadian rhythms? All of these graphs which you are going
to see for the next few minutes, incidentally, are from medically accepted literature, from
the medical journals themselves. The dielectric constant of water, the magic transducer.
Okay, here's another one, a paper generated in the Radio Science Journal of Research of the
National Bureau of Standards. Again, take a look at where the magic number appears to be. That's
an 8.0 under the power distribution curve, the same figure that we were finding in the heads
of psychics, the medicine men, the witch doctors, the Christian Mystics - they're all the same!
Any of you people know Dr. Ed Maxey, Stanton Maxey in Florida? Okay, about the time I was
playing with it he did a very interesting experiment. He took a little coil, a few turns of
wire, put it on the floor underneath the operating table and found that by turning this thing
on a certain frequencies a large percentage of the people tested had brain wave entrainment.
Entrainment simply means that their brain wave - the firing of their neurons - latches onto
this magnetic field coming from this little coil putting out micro-gauss. you can't even measure
things this low unless you have highly sophisticated equipment. It is invisible. It's tasteless,
odourless etc. This is in a paper that he presented to a geophysical society meeting not too
long ago. He too came up with the magic number that I have, 7.8 Hertz. He found that exactly
four seconds after this field went on, the subject's brain waves would lock on exactly, on
frequency and phase.
This was Dr. Polk's original paper, and then this "cop-out" about 1975 when the
people that were working in this field had to go back, backtrack, and pretend like they had
not published their original papers, or seen what they had seen. This is what happens when
you get a government grant, boys and girls!
Some good work that was being done at UCLA in their brain research group. Dr. W. R. Adey was
on another government grant sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, into the effects of
these (in this case - pulsed) very high frequency fields, that were pulsed with a very low
frequency modulation. His published papers, and this goes back several years, show that this
could influence the brain waves of cats and monkeys; and he didn't talk about the work that
was done out there with human beings because by now this was fairly sensitive. They knew it
worked. They didn't know why. So a lot of time, money and effort went into finding out what
in the human brain was beginning to respond to this.
A few German physicists were looking into the possibility that this may have been the mechanism
that we have lived with for thousands of years. The name of the paper is "The Biological
Effect of Extremely Low Frequencies in the Atmosphere". In other words, if we live in
a natural ELF environment could this possibly be the key and mechanism for mass accidents,
mass suicides, etc.? All of the people who did this work independently, Tromp in Holland, Koenig
in Germany, found: yes - when they went back through the weather records, this had to be the
mechanism that caused all of these admissions to psychiatric hospitals on certain dates, all
of these homicides. The data is beginning to become massive.
James R Hamer - "Hammer". He was working with human subjects, and he has disappeared,
as have a few others. He did some extremely interesting work, and this was way back in 1968.
At that time he was with the Space Biology Laboratory Brain Research Institute, University
of California. The rest of his papers that I managed to gather about ten years ago are now
classified. You can't get them for love or money. Hamer found that in a 9Hz signal the reaction
time was definitely shortened. You were more alert. If you changed that signal down a few cycles
per second, 3Hz to 5Hz, look what happens to the reaction time. This applies to human beings,
monkeys, cats, - apparently all life forms that have brain waves.
Let's get out of here and into other things. Solar activity and incidence of cerebral spinal
meningitis. Tom Bearden was talking about carrier possibilities? We don't know whether the
waves lower your resistance, or you can actually put the information on them and it is recreated
inside the nervous system. Crest days of weather and the relation to sun spots and magnetic
disturbances, etc. Mortality, diseases of the nervous system and the lower curve of sun spot
activity. In other words, we are looking here at natural ELF phenomena before it began being
manipulated. Sun spots and earth's magnetic activity. Again - epidemic meningitis.
Okay, now it gets really interesting. Socio-political mass disturbances, 1923 to 1927, in
Europe, related to Full Moon axis. Remember, the full moon modifies the tides. It modifies
these frequencies. In this case the ties are in the Ionosphere and the Heaviside Layer and
their position above the earth. Double daily deaths from angina pectoris, and combined groups
on the Lunar axis. What if we could manipulate this? Whole populations would be subject. Tuberculosis.
Does it influence those germs, those little microbes as well? I don't know, but there it is,
positive correlation. Cholera in Russia, from 1823 to 1923, versus solar activity in the same
Our first attempt at manufacturing psychics and radionics operators and healers was to put
these little light bulbs in an empty eyeglass frame. On the left is an incandescent bulb and
on the right is a little cold cathode indicator, like on your FM radio tuner. We flashed these
little lights in real time to the Schumann resonance (we picked the Schumann resonance up on
a coil), filtered out everything except that wave to which the psychics would entrain and fed
them this little flickering light.
If you flash a light in a person's face you get an evoked potential in the occipital cortex.
That's the photic response. And you know that if that is at a certain frequency you are going
to turn that person on to epilepsy. But, if you put in a beneficial frequency, you can probably
cause an evoked response of the brain wave at that frequency. Now that was marvellous, except
for one thing. It takes about one hundred milliseconds from the time that light flashes for
the signal to cause an evoked potential, and that hundred milliseconds varies for most human
beings. In other words, you can test IQ with this little box. The longer it takes that flash
to get out here as an electrical signal the dumber that person is because the slower his system
After we found that this thing could alter moods, the questions came up: Is this hypnosis?
Suggestion? Am I a magician? Am I doing it? So it occurred to me that I'd carry this thing
around with me in my pocket. Now, I'm a bachelor. I've been divorced for twenty-some years;
so I eat out three meals a day. So when I went to Denny's Coffee on Sunset Boulevard I put
this thing in my pocket, and occasionally I set it at a specific frequency that I'm not going
to mention - because I've been asked not to by the people who can ask other people not to do
And pretty soon the waitress would start dropping coffee into the laps of patrons. The babies
would start screaming. People within a 10 or 12 foot radius (that's a 20 foot room), would
begin freaking out. I'd surreptitiously turn this thing to two Hz higher in frequency. Hahhhhh
(a simulated sigh of relief), you could hear the room calm down. If you had a pocket Radio
Shack decibel meter, the cocktail level effect, the volume of the conversation will drop, noticeably,
Any of you wake up about 4am and can't get back to sleep until sunrise? Okay, you know why?
We've been getting some very strong Russian transmissions. There is a particular anomaly that's
the same as the Dawn Chorus - if you're familiar with atmospheric propagation research. It
makes you particularly vulnerable at that time. Notice on this top curve, this 8Hz, the thing
on which we want to latch if we're pure, spiritual and psychic - whatever that means. Four
o'clock in the morning the bottom drops out and whatever is left is going to get you baby!
Any way, when Dr. Andrija Puharich was out here (in California) and Kathleen Joyce and I hosted
him, we showed him the apparatus. This is probably the first he had heard of the psycho-physiological
effects of the ELF fields; and I recall on your living room floor Kathleen, where he flexed
his muscle near the coil, saw the spike readout on the oscilloscope, and realised that we finally
had a detector in human captivity that could see micro-gauss levels. In other words his EMG,
the few micro-volts of potential, firing through the nerve impulses, through the conductive
layers of his skin, was creating enough of a magnetic field to read out on this thing.
He got very excited, so we began showing him some of my research dating back for about the
last eight years, and he decided that this was important enough to take back to the United
Nations. So he contacted the chap who really runs the government. This man has survived about
the last five administrations. He must remain nameless because he is in a very low-profile
position. I can assure you he is no-one that you have ever heard about or read about in newspapers.
They sent me an airline ticket and invited me to come back to the United Nations.
Dr. Puharich and I were supposed to have about an hour. It ran into a two and a half hour
briefing. Kurt Waldheim (Secretary General of the UN) was out of the country at the time, so
our host and chap that we informed was the number two man in the United Nations, Rudi himself.
Now, the experiments which caused all of the excitement. Any of you guys ever been in Ossining,
New York and seen it's Faraday Cage? (The home of Dr. Andrija Puharich, 87 Hawkins Ave, about
40 miles north of New York city). It was probably the most sophisticated cage in captivity.
It had three layer of copper and three layers of soft iron. In other words this is H wave shielding,
and copper shielding for the ? wave Faraday Cage. The thing probably has as much attenuation
as the one at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) the triple new metal cage.
Okay, what we did here, we took this little box. Let's break it out here. This box has been
disarmed. It is only mildly psychoactive. We did this at the request of the people to do things,
for damn good reasons. We placed it outside the Faraday Cage. We sealed it up. Incidentally,
the pickup, the magnetic pickup coil, is over here in this plastic garbage can filled with
sand, to act as a microseismic damper - so that we weren't seeing quite as much vibration.
We worked with several subjects and this little box was run by one of Dr. Puharich's secretaries,
outside. She was told to turn the dial a little bit. Turn it on. Don't tell us what's happening.
Turn it off. Total double blind. No one inside the cage knew what was going to happen or when
it was going to happen.
The subject's brain waves were going from one channel on chart recorder, with zero cross-talk.
The other chart, with a tape recorder, was going to a magnetic pickup; so we could compare
the brain waves of the subjects with what was happening magnetically inside of this absolutely
airtight, secure environment. The chart readings - the one at the top and bottom were 180 degree
changes of the magnetic pickup. The centre portion of that chart was the human subject's brain
waves. Over the range of 6Hz to 14Hz, with some subjects there was 100% entrainment, of frequency
and phase. Get that!
They locked on total! A little box the size of a package of cigarettes, when it uses the neural
frequency principle can entrain the brain waves of a subject inside a totally shielded room,
without his knowledge, consent etc. That's what this is all about.
What we're saying here by entrainment - if you look at the shape of this wave, they all fall
on the same time rate. Starting from half a second to four seconds after the box goes on, the
brain waves, the neurons, are being totally driven by this little magnetic oscillator. It is
down below 25 nano-Teslas at the source. A nano is one billionth of one Tesla. A Tesla is ten
to the fourth Gauss.
Our government was playing at that time - God, I guess, with the multi-billion dollar Project
Sanguine. Their purpose was to communicate with submarines under water, with ELF magnetic fields.
The project was kicked out of Wisconsin, Michigan, and a few other places by people who had
a certain nervousness about environmental disruption. They were trying to use power lines as
antenna systems, surreptitiously.
Back in March, the 26th and 27th this year (1978) a chap named Mike Theole, who is a journalist
for the Eugene, Oregon Register Guard, decided to take his life into his hands and write about
some of these things. I have some copies of these and many, many other articles that appeared
in the public press prior to the time of the total news blackout. There were a few articles
for a few days. A day after this one there were the denials, by the FCC, the EPA, etc. "Mystery
Radio Signals May Cause Illness". Hell! They were totally disrupting left and right (brain)
hemisphere synchronisation! People who had never any tendency toward epilepsy, had no hereditary
tendencies in this direction - were going slightly unconscious. According to Marshall Van Ert,
there was a two mile stretch of perfectly clear highway where there had been four deaths in
about a week. People were simply driving their cars off the road or into a telephone pole,
or into oncoming traffic.
These are not apocryphal stories. These are a matter of public health records. It's in Los
Angeles now at about 25 microgauss, and yes, it's spreading. Now the reason that Eugene, Oregon,
is particularly toxic is because there is an 800 mile long antenna terminating up there, called
the Bonneville Power Authority transmission line. I guess some of you engineers have heard
of this thing. They are generating current and sending it down to California as direct current,
340,000 Volts. A DC line is an absolutely perfect, long wire antenna. In fact it would be highly
attractive to people who couldn't launch Project Sanguine to use that as our own transmission
system, at 2.2Hz.
The next thing was that the power grid was identified as the source of the signal. Any high
school kid can tell you that any long wire hanging out there in space can act as antenna and
pick up all the other signals that are being transmitted and re-radiate them. Okay? Even if
our Navy is fooling around with long wires as a substitute for Sanguine antennas that had been
ostensibly kicked out of several states. They traced the signal and it was strongest around
power grids. So what else is new?
These are some of the newspaper clippings that are in the archives. Now, they created such
an outrage among everyone who graduated from high school that the FCC itself (Federal Communications
Commission) had to back off from this embarrassing, pseudo-solution.
"Could they be having one frequency which they want to work with and the others are just
to mislead us?" (asks a listener).
Yes, (replies Dr. Beck), they have phantom frequencies. They are reconstructing heterodynes.
Let me tell you why we're getting it and they are not: We are on a 60 Hz power grid. They are
on a 50 Hz power grid. Get that? That's why they're immune. Every civilised industrial centre
in the Western World - except one little segment still near Chicago which is on direct current
- and one which on, I think 50 Hz in Arizona, is a potential reradiating weapon of this psychotronic
ELF field. In other words, why should they build antennas, re-radiating systems, when all of
us have 110 Volt systems in our homes; and we are also served with gas pipes, miles and miles
of conductors, cold water pipes etc.
"Is there a quick explanation of why 60 cycles will pick it up instead of 50? (asks someone)
Right. It's a harmonic! (replies Dr. Beck, and turns on his recording of the audio part of
the Russian broadcast) at 5.340 MegaHertz.
The growl was because we have a voltage control, or rather the VFO on the receiver. That was
at 5.340 MegaHertz, and we were listening to - in other words, since you cannot hear the fundamental
(the actual ELF wave) we have the local oscillator on the superheterodyne receiver running.
It is a global problem. Incidentally, for the engineers again, the attenuation rate of this
signal will go around the earth 4.5 times before it is down a half of its original value. Nikola
Tesla was right. With some of these frequencies you can excite the earth ionosphere cavity,
as though it is a huge bell, and ring it! In other words, the Russians have a thing here which
cannot be stopped. It's practically not attenuable by anything that we are familiar with in
Okay, now a lot of this is resonance. What we don't know is how much of this is being originated
domestically? How much of it is a second or third order or harmonic effect? And what the real
and what the virtual parameters are actually engendering? but meanwhile, from the standard
textbook of physics, if we look at the E wave as being standard propagation wave form - as
being parallel with this screen - the B wave, or H wave, the magnetic vector, is at right angles
to this and has to accompany it.
When you strip off the E wave by shielding, by natural attenuation, you still have that H
wave left; and that is the one against which you cannot shield. It goes right through you,
everything else and can trip certain neurons in your head.
This report is from a previously classified document done by Dr. Wartz and Dr. Erkins, of
Garret Air Research for the CIA showing the "windows" that could be the stimulus
for ESP, paranormal, Russian psychotronic research. Does that look familiar? If you move that
down about 2 Hz, you ain't got a psychic, you got an epileptic!
Some of the propagation paths of the various nodes. The whole earth ionosphere cavity rings
like a bell. At certain frequencies you can put a little energy in here and under the same
conditions get the same amount, or even a little more out, somewhere else. Tesla was right.
A little Soviet loveletter, U.S. patent, Nov. 20th 1973, Apparatus For the Treatment of Neuropsychic
and Somatic Diseases with Heat, Light, Sound and Electromagnetic Radiation - a trial balloon
to see how much we knew about what they were doing. It's Patent #3773049, and among all these
words they hid their little gift, which you'll come across when you read the whole patent.
Apparently, certain neurons in the cerebral cortex act a frequency modulating discriminators.
Any of you guys who have played around with radio know that you have a crystal set, and you
hear several stations simultaneously, you get a garble. They are all overlapped. You can't
sort them out; but the frequency modulation discriminator will latch onto the highest amplitude
signal in the environment, override the others, you'll get one or the other. There's very little
crosstalk. So what this thing does basically is that it puts out a little magnetic H wave field
with a spike wave which we don't like. We like to work with a different wave form that I don't
want to talk about. But this thing is apparently mildly psychoactive, but not nearly as psychoactive
as the ones they used for the tests in Los Angeles, the ones at the United Nations, and Ossining,
Now, what I'd like to point out to you is that in this very narrow frequency spectrum corresponding
to the Alpha-Theta border of brainwaves, you can change the excitation frequency by a fraction
of a Hertz, and have an entirely different reaction. Now this was a big surprise. This is the
thing that was not anticipated any more than the little germs were before Von Leeuwenhoek and
One reason I feel that this effect has been missed by other researchers who were working with
gross frequency inputs is that they were not defining their frequencies down to a hundredth
of a Hertz. Now there's a tremendous amount of a supportive evidence in the neuro-physiological
literature that certain molecules in the brain, with dielectric constants of over 140,000 and
other inductive capacitor parameters, act as long chain, semi-liquid crystal dipoles that are
extremely sensitive to coherent frequencies.
Where I think I have done original work is in building systems that can go out to that second,
third and fourth decimal place, taking them to the coffee shop, testing them on my own head
and seeing what they do empirically, and kind of sounding the alarm on my own head and seeing
what they do empirically, and kind of sounding the alarm on what we are now experiencing.
By Dr Robert Beck. President United States Psychotronics Association, 1985.
This presentation consisted primarily of a slide presentation with commentary. The text has
been extracted from a version of this lecture published in 1978 by Borderland Sciences Research