Quantum Field Broadcaster

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The Quantum Field Broadcaster is an electromechanical agricultural device developed by Hugh Lovel of the Union Agricultural Institute (UAI) of Blairsville, Georgia and sold by the UAI at a cost of $1000 per unit (plus travel and consultation).

The device appears to be a scam, for the following reasons:

  • its exact effects are not explained and are therefore unverifiable
  • explanations of the device's functioning make no sense
  • there are no known scientific studies of the device's effects under controlled conditions
  • the materials involved in construction cost a small fraction of the sale price, and assembly does not appear to require any specialized knowledge or skills sufficient to justify a large markup

Non-technical explanations of the device's functioning refer heavily to homeopathy and the work of Rudolf Steiner.

Technical Description

from a 2002-12-11 cache of a UAI web page:

The basic idea of field broadcasting is to induce patterns into the medium. This design has a copper plate on the top roughly nine and a half feet in the air and another on the bottom two feet underground. There is enough difference in potential from top to bottom that a slight current flow occurs. This is sufficient to create an induction effect.

The broadcast induction coils are two feet long and are lathe-wrapped on 2-inch Sch 40 PVC cores with 20 gauge wire at approximately a quarter inch between turns. The one in the top broadcasts into the atmosphere while the one in the base does the soil. We should broadcast only the patterns appropriate for each domain, soil patterns to soil, air patterns to air. So each broadcast coil has its own reagent well (pronounced re-agent).

This well has a coil around it to pick up the patterns of the reagents inside. The wire then leads to a quartz crystal, also wrapped with a coil, which functions as a resonator. The top broadcast coil, well coil and resonator coil are all wrapped counter-clockwise for the northern hemisphere. The base broadcast coil and other coils are wrapped clockwise. For the southern hemisphere this is reversed because of the Coriolis effect. The minimum number of turns for any coil is seven going on eight in order to satisfy the "octave rule." The broadcast coils top and bottom have more than 84 turns.

Incoming flow has to first cross the germanium diode, a one-way conductor, in front of the well and resonator in the circuit. Just beyond the well junction is a 100k resistor. This acts as an anchor for the well patterns. As current takes the path of least resistance, resistors fight power, but they stabilize information. We can think of the complex fractal patterns we broadcast as information. 100k resistance is ample to steady the patterns so they resonate right on top of themselves. This eliminates drift and creates a field which can cover a wide radius.

When flow enters the circuit in the opposite direction it encounters the resistor, then the well and resonator, then the diode. But it can't go across the diode since this only conducts in one direction, so it takes the alternate path of no resistance through the 12 µh choke coil. The choke coil eliminates radio antenna effects.

See also the Quantum Field Broadcaster brochure (PDF), which includes a diagram.

A rather credulous third-party description is here (2005):

[Hugh Lovel] uses a cylindrical "broadcaster" inside which he places crystals, copper wire and a little shelf holding glass vials of homeopathic preparations, with the idea that the preparations will be broadcast over his farm. "Now he writes his intent on a piece of paper and puts it in" the cylinder as well. "A lot of homeopathics, you could say, is around intent," Julia explains, "and he's having amazing things happen-like he gets increased yields and showers of rain that his neighbors do not."

Web Site

The domain quantumfieldbroadcaster.com is registered (as of 2009-06-15) with the following administrative contact information

Bird, Shabari birdnestspam@spamalltelspam.spamnet
8165 Dockery Road
Blairsville, GA 30512

This mailing address is similar but not identical to the UAI's mailing address as given in the brochure. The site itself consists of four images (one background, three foreground) of which two are broken (file not found). An earlier check of the site (on 2009-06-15) was unsuccessful because the browser repeatedly timed out waiting for a response from the server.

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