I apologize for the dearth of blog posts, but it has been a busy time in my “real life” lately!
The original Oscilloclast was really nothing more than a specialized decade resistance box, meant to be used in conjunction with the “Dynamizer” (the forerunner of the witness well) and the “Reflexophone”, a kind of a rubbing pad, though it was tapped, not rubbed (call it a tapping pad?) It was actually like a miniature drum head, meant to be a substitute for using a live human body’s abdominal wall.
I’m building it by modifying a Cenco decade resistance box from the early 1950s. Unlike the original Oscilloclast, my version has four resistance dials instead of three (the Reflexophone control box had four dials, so this is kind of a hybrid of both.) It’s got hand wound resistance coils like the original Oscilloclast and a nice large case with room inside. However, judging by the images of the interior workings of Abrams’ machines, the reisitance coils in the Cenco are far better made and more accurate.
I’m adding a few modifications to make it a more complete system, though it will still need an outboard witness well or platform (or wires to connect directly to a subject) and an outboard rubbing pad.
I’m adding a series of bifilar coils, one under each resistance control, each with a DT quartz crystal in the center. These coils are connected to the external rubbing plate.
Like the original Oscilloclast, it’s powered with 60-cycle AC current, but I’m using a transformer to knock it down to 12 volts @ 500 milliamps from the US standard 120 volts @ 20 amps. Using the original Oscilloclast involved hooking up the subject with wires, and to prevent being badly shocked, the subject sat in an insulated wooden chair and placed their feet on upended glass cups! I’m going to play it safe and use the lower voltage and current.
I’m also incorporating a “clear/neutralize” circuit, because I think every radionics device should have one. Flipping the ‘Clear’ switch sends the AC current through the coils, which makes them act as magnetic degaussing coils. I’m also installing two switches (‘power’ and ‘clear’) each with it’s own indicator light.
So, I should be able to scan four-dial scalar rates while using the box with the power off, and then switch the power on to transmit.
As soon as possible I’ll post some photos of the work in progress.
Update: I’ve altered this project due to the acquisition of an authentic antique Oscilloclast. See the following post: Shortwave Oscilloclast.