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In 1899, Nikola Tesla, with the aid of his financial backer,
Morgan, set up at Colorado Springs an experimental laboratory
containing high-voltage, radio transmission equipment. The lab had a
200 ft. tower for transmission and reception of radio waves and the
best receiving equipment available at the time.
One night, when he was alone in the laboratory, Tesla observed what
he cautiously referred to as electrical actions which definitely
appeared to be intelligent signals. The changes were taking place
periodically and with such a clear suggestion of number and order
that they could not be traced to any cause then known to him.
Tesla elaborated on the subject of Talking with the Planets in
Collier’s Weekly (March 1901):
"As I was improving my machines for
the production of intense electrical actions, I was also perfecting
the means for observing feeble efforts. One of the most interesting
results and also one of great practical importance, was the
development of certain contrivances for indicating at a distance of
many hundred miles an approaching storm, its direction, speed and
"It was in carrying on this work that for the first time I
discovered those mysterious effects which have elicited such unusual
interest. I had perfected the apparatus referred to so far that from
my laboratory in the Colorado mountains I could feel the pulse of
the lobe, as it were, noting every electrical change that occurred
within a radius of eleven hundred miles.
"I can never forget the first sensations I experienced when it
dawned upon me that I had observed something possibly of
incalculable consequences to mankind. I felt as though I were
present at the birth of a new knowledge or the revelation of a great
truth. My first observations positively terrified me as there was
present in them something mysterious, not to say supernatural, and I
was alone in my laboratory at night; but at that time the idea of
these disturbances being intelligently controlled signals did not
yet present itself to me.“
"The changes I noted were taking place periodically and with such a
clear suggestion of number and order that they were not traceable to
any cause known to me. I was familiar, of course, with such
electrical disturbances as are produced by the sun, Aurora Borealis,
and earth currents, and I was as sure as I could be of any fact that
these variations were due to none of these causes.“
"The nature of my experiments precluded the
possibility of the
changes being produced by atmospheric disturbances, as has been
rashly asserted by some. It was sometime afterward when the thought
flashed upon my mind that the disturbances I had observed might be
due to an intelligent control.
"Although I could not at the time decipher their meaning, it was
impossible for me to think of them as having been entirely
accidental. The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been
the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another. A purpose
was behind these electrical signals."
This incident was the first of many in which
Tesla intercepted what
he felt were intelligent signals from space. At the time, it was
surmised by prominent scientists that Mars would be a likely haven
for intelligent life in our solar system, and Tesla at first thought
these signals may be originating from the red planet. He would later
change this viewpoint as he became more adept at translating the
mysterious signals. Near the end of his life, Tesla had developed
several inventions that allegedly could send powerful amounts of
energy to other planets.
In 1937, during one of his birthday press conferences, Tesla
"I have devoted much of my time over the years to the
perfecting of a new small and compact apparatus by which energy in
considerable amounts can now be flashed through interstellar space
to any distance without the slightest dispersion."
Times--July 11, 1937.)
Tesla never publicly revealed the technical details of his improved
transmitter, but in his 1937 announcement, he revealed a new formula
"The kinetic and potential energy of a body is the
result of motion and determined by the product of its mass and the
square of its velocity. Let the mass be reduced, the energy is
reduced by the same proportion. If it be reduced to zero, the energy
is likewise zero for any finite velocity."
(New York Sun--July 12,
1937, pg. 6.)
After his initial Colorado Springs experiments in 1899,
started experimenting with better radio transmitters and receivers
in order to repeat his reception of the anomalous signals he picked
up in Colorado. Tesla considered his methods of reception and transmission utilized
not Hertzian waves, or what we now refer to as transverse
electromagnetic waves (radio), but another type of signal
He described them as faster-than-light (FTL) longitudinal wave
transmissions. Tesla may have been receiving on the ELF spectrum
(Extremely Low Frequencies). The ELF spectrum is below the 10 KHz.
boundary of internationally regulated frequencies. It is usually
considered to be the spectrum of 3 Hz. to 30 Hz.
VLF-3 to 30 KHz.
ULF-300 to 3000 Hz.
ELF-3 to 300Hz.
The wavelengths in the ELF
range are from 100,000 Km. to 1,000 Km. and the wavelength for the
earth’s 40,000 Kms. Circumference falls within that spread.
By the 1920’s Tesla had grown confident that he was able to make
sense of the strange radio broadcasts from space. However, soon
afterwards, Tesla began to expressed great concerns about beings
from other planets who had unsavory designs for planet Earth.
"The signals are too strong to have traveled the great distances
from Mars to Earth," wrote Tesla. "So I am forced to admit to myself
that the sources must come from somewhere in nearby space or even
the moon. I am certain however, that the creatures that communicate
with each other every night are not from Mars, or possibly from any
other planet in our solar system."
Several years after Tesla
announced his reception of signals from space; Guglielmo Marconi also claimed to have heard from an
radio transmitter. However, Marconi was just as quickly dismissed by
his contemporaries who claimed that he had received interference
from another radio station on Earth.
Tesla, on the other hand, had perfected his equipment to such a
degree that he was soon receiving voice transmissions. These
transmissions he speculated were originating from people on other
worlds. Tesla gave a few public hints about these interplanetary
transmissions, such as in 1937, he announced:
"I have devoted much
of my time during the year past to the perfecting of a new small and
compact apparatus by which energy in considerable amounts can now be
flashed through interstellar space to any distance without the
(New York Times, Sunday, 11 July of 1937).
A degree of confirmation of Tesla’s interplanetary communications
came from Arthur Mathews who claimed that Tesla had secretly
developed the "Teslascope" for the purpose of communicating with
Mars. Matthews’ father was a laboratory assistant to the noted
physicist Lord Kelvin back in the 1890s.
Tesla once came over to
England to meet Kelvin to convince him that Alternating Current was
more efficient than Direct. When Matthews was 16 his father arranged
for him to apprentice under Tesla. He eventually worked for him and
continued this alliance until Tesla’s death in 1943.
It’s not generally known, but Tesla actually had two huge magnifying
transmitters built in Canada, and Matthews operated one of them.
People mostly know about the Colorado Springs transmitters and the
unfinished one on Long Island. I saw the two Canadian transmitters.
All the evidence is there.
The Teslascope is the thing Tesla invented to communicate
Beings on other planets. In principle, it takes in cosmic ray
signals and eventually the signals are stepped down to audio. Speak
into one end, and the signal goes out the other end as a cosmic ray
With the exception of Matthews‘ statements, there has been no
concrete evidence that Tesla managed to communicate with
extraterrestrials or whoever was transmitting to
receiver. It seems that Tesla was on the receiving end only.
Nevertheless, Tesla managed to glean a substantial amount of good
information from these transmissions, enough to influence his
research and inventions for the remaining forty three years of his
It was during this period that Tesla found himself ostracized by
most of the scientific community. His efforts to interest others in
such wild inventions as:
No doubt led to him being considered a
crackpot. Sadly, Tesla had become the epitome of a mad scientist.
Yet, it was obvious that his letters to the government and military
had aroused some interest. A young American engineer engaged in war
work consulted Tesla on a ballistics engineering problem because he
could not get time on an overworked computer, and Tesla’s mind was
known to offer the nearest thing to it. Soon he became fascinated
with Tesla’s scientific papers and was allowed to take batches of
them home to his hotel room where he and another American engineer
pored over them each night. They were returned the next day, a
procedure that continued for about two weeks prior to Tesla’s death.
Tesla had received offers to work for Germany and Russia. After the
inventor died, both engineers became concerned that critical
scientific information had fallen into foreign hands and alerted
United States security agencies and high government officials.
Just how much of Tesla’s work remains hidden in the top secret
bowels of the military is unknown. It can be deduced that Tesla’s
theories of extraterrestrials and global warming
seriously by some in high-levels of authority, because it is now
known that the United States government and military were the first
to give credence that UFOs were spacecraft from other planets.
It is interesting to note that between 1945 and 1948 an exchange of
letters and cables occurred among the Air Technical Service Command
at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, Military Intelligence in
Washington, and the Office of Alien Property. The subject? Files of
the late Nikola Tesla.
On September 5, 1945, Colonel Holliday of the Equipment Laboratory,
Propulsion and Accessories Subdivision, wrote to Lloyd L. Shaulis of
the OAP in Washington, confirming a conversation and asking for
photostatic copies of the notes and papers of the late Tesla. It was
stated that the material would be used "in connection with projects
for National Defense by this department."
Shaulis made the material available to Air Technical Service
Command, but there is no record of how many copies were sent. Nor
was the material ever returned. These were full photostatic copies,
not merely the abstracts. The Navy has no record of Tesla’s papers;
no federal archives have records of them.
Four months after the photostats had been sent to Wright Field, Col.
Ralph Doty, Chief of Military Intelligence in Washington wrote
Markham of Alien Property indicating that they had never been
"This office is in receipt of a communication from
Headquarters, Air Technical Service Command, Wright Field,
requesting that we ascertain the whereabouts of the files of the
late scientist, Dr. Nikola Tesla, which may contain data of great
value to the above Headquarters.
It has been indicated that your
office might have these files in custody. If this is true, we would
like to request your consent for a representative of the Air
Technical Service Command to review them. In view of the extreme
importance of these files to the above command, we would like to
request that we be advised of any attempt by any other agency to
"Because of the urgency of this matter, this communication will be
delivered to you by a Liaison Officer of this office in the hope of
expediting the solicited information."
The "other" agency that had the files, or should have had them, was
the Air Technical Service Command itself. On October 24, 1947, David
L. Bazelon, Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Office of
Alien Property, wrote to the commanding officer of the Air Technical
Service Command regarding the Tesla photostats. They had not been
returned and the OAP wanted them back.
Obviously at least one set of Tesla’s papers had reached
Field because on November 25, 1947, there was a response to the
Office of Alien Property from Colonel Duffy, chief of the Electronic
Plans Section, Electronic Subdivision, Engineering Division, Air
Material Command, Wright Field.
"These reports are now in the possession of the
Electronic Subdivision and are being evaluated. This should be
completed by January 1, 1948. At that time your office will be
contacted with respect to final disposition of these papers."
were never returned or even acknowledged to have ever existed at
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in 1980,
Wright-Patterson Air Force base stated:
"The organization (Equipment
Laboratory) that performed the evaluation of Tesla’s papers was
deactivated several years ago. After conducting an extensive search
of lists of records retired by that organization, in which we found
no mention of Tesla’s papers, we concluded the documents were
destroyed at the time the laboratory was deactivated."