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The Last Glitch?

Episode Transcript. Length - 48:33

Image: Still from shakeout video; getting a baseline current from the system at the 'no inverter' stage...

Magnetofunky No. 154. It's Friday, January 10th, 2020.

[intro theme]

Hey. Larry here. This week as the military-industrial complex made a lot of money on Wall St., and the assassination of Soliemani by Generalissimo Bone Spurs is starting to look like a hit on a former business associate, back at the lab my fully operational 100W power plant has finally cleared what I hope is the last glitch in the circuit. The music is all submitted, mostly hard tunes for a hard week, but first, let's de-stress with a little ambiance...

[song] - 01:08

Ok, that was Smoke Rings - Forrest Fang, veteran Bay Area electronic musician and multi-instrumentalist, from his 18th album Ancient Machines, on Projekt Records...

This is a laid back (and often explicit - you bet your ass) weekly international podzine of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%. My podpage is The Twitter is @Magnetofunky.

[Grid Theory] - 06:32

Damn Three-Way

In Grid Theory,

If this is your first time here, I'm talking about my 12V battery-operated self-charging power plant that splits the positive and runs two circuits, a feedback power loop using a 2A boost converter and a 10A solar charge controller, and an open circuit output to a 100W boost-buck converter - 12V outlet - crackerbox 150W power inverter. The system ideally is meant to run a laptop while one battery charges the other. A switch flips the batteries between run and charging sides. The switching system was patented over 100 years ago by Carlos F Benitez, a civil engineer in Guadalajara MX. I've modified his final design concept using conventionally available parts and equipment. This is a prototype emergency power backup system designed for people who will never afford a Tesla Powerwall...

The week saw the finish of the positive switch circuitry layout, and since it took all day Sat. to Sun. morning to charge two of the little batteries back to full, I rewired the negative switch and on Sun. I split the common ground busbar and the other distribution setup, with the ground wire from the boost-buck converter on the run side, and the charge controller battery negative wire on the charging side. This made the amp meters run normally - with the boombox plugged in I got a mostly steady 600mA in both directions. The battery light on the controller properly showed green with the topped off battery on the charging side. I repositioned the output control switch so the wires to the switch are the same 3.5".

Next I disconnected the ammeters from the circuit and ran it again. This time there was no change in the rate of charge - both sides were rather slow, still faster in the B-to-A direction. Ok, I considered the junctions being an issue, but Kirchoff's Laws state that roughly, whatever current goes into a junction, all comes out. After that it's the wire gauge - 18. I do have the 14 gauge stiff conduit wire from the hardware store, which would really cut down resistance.

Anyway, I did a fresh continuity check on the paths from the battery terminals through the positive switch. Both run side paths were ok, both sides charging paths were fine, until I got to the output positive wire from the boost converter to the charge controller. It started beeping with the charge battery, the boost converter negative output, and the battery output wire on the controller. It's a damn three-way-- [bell]

Uh, I'll get back to this in a bit...

[Back To The Stage] - 10:41

Ok, Back to The Stage, continuing with tunes for the hard start of a hard year...

First up is It's Gonna Get Loud - TREZ MACHINE, the excellent Bay Area Punkadelic Power Trio, Gorden Mack, Brian Kenney and Kyle Malone, then it's Lights Out - Sonsombre, alt-rock darkwave goth band in Virginia that's amassed a vast cult following in the past couple years. This is an advance track from their new album One Thousand Graves on Cleopatra Records that'll drop on the 21st...

[songs] - 11:26; 16:17

[Second set]

Ok, second set opens with ScuzzFuzz - Nervous Pulp, alternative rock funk outfit over in Pensacola, Florida - Kyle Abernethy, Zachery Henry and Andre Junior. Check out their video on FB - got a lot of views...

And we wrap up back west with Rural California - Guido & His 2nd Cousin, Classic Rock'n Roll Hik Music from the back hills of mountain lion infested Half Moon Bay/San Gregorio/La Honda California. Guido is Greg Fontana, 2nd cousin is Brian Sagrafena, from the legendary band Echo Brain. The album is The Lucky Dozen, All songs evolved in the remote cattle ranches south of Half Moon Bay along the coast of the Northern California hound dog country...

[songs] - 21:32; 24:09

["Geeknotes"] - 28:23

Geeknotes: 01/12 - What Is Socialism & What Good Is It, ICSSMARX, Oakland, 01/14 - Poetry at The Gallery Cabaret - Effie Day, 2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, 01/15 - Oakland Privacy Meeting, Omni Commons, Oakland, 01/17 - Perils of 5G - WiRED Panel Discussion, north Berkeley-...

Hey, Geeknotes!

Ok, first week of the year and the heavy lifting has begun.

Oh, what I said earlier about the draft-dodging bully and the drive-by he pulled, which killed over a dozen people, getting the crisis-attention he wanted, yeah it had to do with something fishy about the Trump hotel tower project in Baku Azerbaijan, Soliemani was financially involved with, something the corporate press would go screaming after if the name 'Biden' or 'Bloomberg' was involved, but check it out if you haven't already bent to genuflect and shout 'fake news'. Aside from his bloated ego being egged on by the Nazi Channel, the Post-Book of Revelation crowd AND the Saudis (and that glowing crystal ball), and the catalyst to provoke an 'unprovoked attack' won't be a missile or drone strike - another one or two rounds of added sanctions may just do it.

But more than enough people are talking about his growing desperation to avoid paying for and cleaning up his own shit, grasping wholeheartedly a bloddy flag (which one is it again? Sripes or Bars?) and demanding the revival of the zombie patriotism of 2003 - "don't ask questions, just trust me and follow orders, and anyone who disagrees with Our President when he says 'war' is UnAmerican and a terrorist lover/injun lover/ nigg--- or sorry, missed that in the editing..."

Anyway, I'm lookin at the Space Force, and the fact that there's little to no info about what it is and what it'll do, so anything's possible, from a military installation on the moon, to what I suspect will be a much more cheaply executed (with plenty of cost overruns) system of orbital surveillance and weapons platforms, not satellites. Something with stealth ability to maybe move into position and be able to kill satellites or strike the ground faster than any early warning system - that's something that would get any venture shark hard thinking about, especially if he never went, or ever intended to go, into any conflict he'd make money off of.

Now if Iran (or any global south faction with a serious grudge) wanted to monkeywrench the entire western world, and put the kibosh on Space Force, NASA, ESA, GPS, etc., they wouldn't need a nuke - all you really need is a rocket capable of shooting, say a 100 lb. keg of nails into a certain orbit. I'm talkin a old school wooden keg with just enough C-4 inside to crack or split it open and let the nails spill out and start swarming. Now, this scenario has probably already been gamed out over at DARPA, and I bet they think they have countermeasures proposed, but how many of these would it take to create in essence a loose barbed-wire fences in high-speed orbits that could take out satellites, the space station, and any manned launch that can't steer around them. You think it couldn't happen?

Anyway, the bully threatening war crimes ain't only things going on...

I was catching the Brexitcast and the correspondents were trying to understand the calm in passions now that the 'Leave' side had a massive win and things are moving, but come on, the actual thing doesn't happen until the end of the month - you can't measure a tornado when it's just a stiff breeze off the plains...

And Puerto Rico still gets secondhand news airtime and not even paper towels tossed like chicken feed. I wonder: just how much defense industry stock do corporate media execs own - does FB or whatever name son of Cambridge Analytical goes by nowadays have that meta data available for marketers and party hacks?

Anyway, why do any of the foreign countries in the region still abide by the Jones Act and not just do a Berlin Airlift. I wonder if this maladministration told them on the downlow at the UN, that we would sink any unauthorized Mexican, Cuban or S. Amer. relief ship that went anywhere near Boricua. P-Grabby for sure wouldn't brag about that shit...

Here's a few happennings next week:

01/12 - What Is Socialism & What Good Is It? 10:30am-12:30pm, ICSSMARX, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)

ICSSMARX is The Institute for the Critical Study of Society at the Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, sponsors of Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library, A weekly discussion series.

This session will focus on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, which provides a viable alternative to global capitalism (I hope the Uyghurs and Tibetans will come up during the session), and Bernie-Style socialism, which is popular among youth in the United States but which has yet to understand its historic mission.

Speaker will be Eugene E Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, CSU Long Beach, currently with ICSS in Oakland. Gene will discuss his forthcoming book, Socialism for Americans: A Scientific Introduction to the Global Struggle for Socialism.

01/14 - Poetry at The Gallery Cabaret - Effie Day, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST, 2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago

Ten years ago on January 14th Effie Mihopoulos, well known poet, died. We will have a reading of her work at the Gallery. We will also have our regular open mic madness. Come see a wild poetry reading at a classic Chicago bar.

There is no feature tonight as we will be doing an extended "dead poet" section. Easy to remember address for this year 2020 N. Oakley.

01/15 - Oakland Privacy Meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland

Oakland Privacy fights against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body camera secrecy, anti-transparency laws and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government, and attempts to hide what government officials, employees and agencies are doing.

(if you go, check the whiteboard in the lobby for the room location)

01/17 - Perils of 5G - WiRED Panel Discussion, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, 1821 Catalina Ave near Colusa, north Berkeley

Hosted by WiRED (Wireless Radiation Education and Defense), features 5G expert Dafna TACHOVER, Esq. and Karl MARET, MD/electrical engineer.

To cut to the chase - what's wrong with 5G?

5th Generation (not to be confused with 5 Gigahertz) wireless telecom facilities (WTF) will drastically increase: surveillance, hacking, fire risk, interference with weather prediction, property devaluations, energy use, worker endangerment, industrial clutter, co$t to cities and individuals, adverse health & environmental effects due to radiation!

This topic does get the 'fringe' label thrown at it, just like big business brushed off concerns about DDT. It should be taken seriously now, not 20 years later when the effects are two generations deep...

If you have promos, pluggers, gig info, an art opening, etc, send me an email. The address is And bands, artists and poets - download links, no attachments, please, and no promises...

[Grid Practice] - 39:46

Solar Buck

Ok, In Grid Practice,

Yeah, back to the three-way...

Of course, this bit is what I lifted from a circuit design on one of the free energy forums, and if it's the cause I can just run the boost converter negative to the run side ground node. And the B+ line becomes the B battery terminal on the switch (same for the A+), that way the charging side battery is passive, only connects to the battery output wire from the controller. But, after I rewired it, the charging battery still showed continuity with the boost converter output positive. Ok, this must be where the loop in the charge loop starts.

So I hooked everything back up, ammeters too, but this time I swapped the high and low voltage units back and forth, with the result that the A-to-B charge rate almost matches the B-to-A, which was clear when the low batteries charged the high batteries in both directions, cause I could see the battery light slowly change from red to amber on the controller. Fixing the booster ground wire and breaking up that three-way also allowed the solar input to fully kick in - its light started flashing red, the sign that the controller's buck circuit was finally seeing 16V instead of the 12V from the charging battery backflow.

I've just about tapped out the batteries again, but I got the system completely 5 by 5 now, and the next improvements would be the 14 gauge wire and the boost converter. 2A max is starting to bite now - the fan motor now surges to 2.2A at startup, and since I needed another spares I decided to bump up to a 4A converter but keep the same 16V output and the same 3A fuse. I found another eBay parts seller downstate and ordered a pair for a few bucks each that came in late yesterday, so the weekend will be spent recharging, rewiring, and soldering...

Meanwhile, I feel much better now about the larger demo - one change I'm making there is to have one device that can run a spread of 500W up to a 1000W power inverter, cause some people may only be able to start at 500W. Anyway, that's the next demo...

[One More Tune] - 43:30

Ok, for this week's One More Tune, we close out with one more hard number for the weekend - advance warning: the next 3 minutes or so are not worksafe so skip ahead if this applies...

The brand new tune is Dick and Weed by the LA hip hop duo BOCO, AKA Boski the savior and coco danja. The song, produced by cats ric and Thadeus is on their upcoming album the vibes are back. Fun fact: BOCO are a married couple who connected through music. Nice. Turn down the lights and pack a bowl...

[song] - 44:21

Well, OK.

[Closing] - 47:07

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Next episode is set for Friday, Jan. 17th, 2020.

I'm Larry, trying hard to stay chill at my garrett in the Mission, and this is Magnetofunky, from San Francisco, where we go through, not into, the darkness.

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