New Technology is Old: Through-The-Earth-Communication

New Technology is Old:

US Patent # 1,315,862 Underground Radio Signalling System (9 Sept. 1919) James H Rogers

Just for those who scoff at conspiracy theories and cover-ups the following reports are about something we all know and love called New Technology, but underground radio transmission is a hundred years old as we see left and below. This gives support to my ongoing research into the theory that there has been no new technology since the 1930’s. April / May 2006 Volume 4 Number 2
Mine Fatalities Could be Reduced By Erica Sullivan
In light of recent mining tragedies, many mining companies are re-energizing their efforts to explore new technologies that provide wireless communication and tracking capabilities. One of the technologies these companies may soon be looking at is the Underground Radio, a novel device that would enable two-way communication through hundreds of feet of rock or earth. The Underground Radio was originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by physicist David Reagor. The Underground Radio uses very low frequency (VLF)

January, 1918
Ground Telegraphy in War
H. GERNSBACK New ‘underground radio’ technology improves emergency capabilities
Aug 2, 2006, 12:43pm MDT Updated Aug 2, 2006, 12:43pm. Los Alamos National Laboratory says Vital Alert Technologies Inc. has signed two exclusive license agreements with the lab for Underground Radio?, a technology that will provide two-way voice and text capability known as Through-The-Earth-Communication? for first responders, rescue and security teams, underground miners and the public in critical emergency situations.

Underground Radio, originally developed by LANL for the Department of Energy, is being commercialized by Vital Alert Technologies for use by emergency crews in urban centers and by the mining industry…”The new technology is a breakthrough in digital and wireless communications,” says Joe Miller, president and CEO of Vital Alert, in a news release. “As a pre- and post-emergency warning, evacuation and rescue communication system, it solves radio frequency failure problems and eliminates systems’ downtime complications in difficult environments such as subways, tunnels, skyscrapers and mines. The new technology will also greatly enhance the ability of mining companies to protect their workers.”… Underground Radio uses very low frequency (VLF) electromagnetic radiation and digital audio compression technologies to carry voice and text data. The VLF signals also can transmit tracking and location data for radio users in case they are unable to respond.

Wiki: On-going developments based on initial research undertaken in Australia by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) after the 1994 mine accident and given further impetus by the investigations into the Sago Mine disaster the PED System is undergoing further development to provide two-way through-the-Earth communication capability.

US Patent # 1,349,103 Radio Signaling System (August 10, 1920) James Harris Rogers

James H Rogers
At Rex we find James H. ROGERS electrical experimenter and his patented Underground & Underwater Radio from around 1917 Static-free Reception & Transmission Underwater & Underground.

From the Electrical Experimenter magazine (March 1919), pp.787-789, 834, 835 ~ “America’s Greatest War Invention” written by H. Winfield Secor

An invention which has been termed the greatest American war achievement is the Rogers underground and sub-sea radio system. The Rogers system does away entirely with aerial wires, and it is only a mater of months now before all aerial wire systems the world over will be pulled down. Wonderful things have been accomplished by the new system, chief of which is the total elimination of static and the increase of the loudness of received signals, which is often as high as 5000 times the usual strength. Interference, too, is done away with almost entirely now. The Rogers invention is of tremendous importance and revolutionizes our previous ideas on wireless to an extent never dreamt of before. We urge every one interested in radio to read the accompanying authoritative article which discloses the full technical data on the new system for the first time in any periodical.
US Patent # 1,220,005 Wireless Signaling System (March 20,1917) James H. Rogers & Henry H. Lyon
Note: the addition of the word digital, something also quite old but impractical in past times due to the need for complex transistor circuitry. All is explained on the transistor page.

Underground radio and Nikola Tesla The mind conditioned by Hertzian aerial radio concepts has trouble grasping the idea that signaling can take place without any above-surface antenna, totally through the ground. James Harris Rogers, taking a cue from Tesla, circa World War I, built a radio system in which both sending and receiving antennas were sunk completely into the ground or submerged in bodies of water. He found this system far more effective and far less vulnerable to interference than any aerial radio Signal strength has been said to be 5,000 times stronger

The military is on to this, as evidenced in the Navy’s ELF and by a U. S. Air Force project underway called Ground Wave Emergency Network. GWEN is a low-frequency communications system designed for used during a nuclear war. The network will have a cross-continent series of 600-foot diameter underground copper screens connected to 300-foot towers reminiscent of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe.

Among the advantages of the system is its invulnerability to the effects of the electric pulse sent out by nuclear blasts. Such a pulse fries at one stroke any and all solid-state electronics within its extensive range. (Strong electric vibrations from a Tesla coil or magnifying transmitter have a similar effect on solid state and will scramble or disable such circuitry temporarily or even dud it permanently.) It’s revealing that for last-ditch doomsday communications, the government reverts to Tesla’s grounded radio.

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10 thoughts on “New Technology is Old: Through-The-Earth-Communication

  1. Your page on Through The Earth communication is a reminder to me of experiments a neighborhood friend and I conducted when we were teenagers, about 50 years ago. We were both studying together to obtain our ham radio license and in that journey we experimented with all things electrical and dealing with communications. One of our successful experiments was Through The Earth communications, although we had no idea what to call it back then. We simply hammered pieces of pipe into the ground about two or three feet deep and about fifty feet apart. Wires from each ground probe then went to the output of an audio amplifier/radio/tape-recorder. As far as a hundred or more feet away a simple loudspeaker connected to two ground probes ten or twenty feet apart could hear the audio without needing any amplifier. This receiver was completely passive although the volume was quite low.

    We further found that we could communicate with each other between our homes, several blocks away, with similar ground probe antennas and he using his guitar amplifier and me using my Voice of Music tape-recorder. We simply kept interchanging the ground probe connections between the amplifier’s inputs and outputs according to whether we wished to receive or send signals.

    Now I see several patents for similar systems not much different than what we had devised on our own when we were young and curious.

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    1. Hi Gary
      It’s good to hear from you, thanks for the post.
      You remind me of my school days back in the fifties when we used to do these things. I remember drawing a diagram of through the earth com’s. Just four ground rods and a resistor between each one. Never tried it out though, probably because I knew it would work.
      I played around with some of the first transistors. Take a look at my “Transistor: Undeserved Nobel Prizes” page and let me know what you think. Always glad to get comments.


    2. I tried that, too, although with less success. I think I got the idea from Popular Electronics. I havent forgotten it, though, and likely will try it again soon.

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    3. Yes when I was a teen (1950s) we did the same thing only out ground pipes were 100 feet apart and we used an old radio for sending by just connecting the output of the audio transformer into the 2 pipes, and we used magnetic headsets for our receivers. We set up a code key that would cause feedback for sending code. and had a microphone connected to the volume control for voice. It was just a matter of using a double throw double pole switch to go from send to receive.


  2. I found this very interesting, because as teens we had a similar setup. We found out about it by chance. playing with an old Air Force headphones we learned that we could hear the hum from a nearby power transformer on a pole and the transformer was of course grounded. Than we thought; if we can hear the hum from a transformer why not audio? so we tried it feeding audio from an old console radio (around 1940 model). We learned that that the farther away the pipes were apart the further away the audio could be heard.


    1. Thanks for the interest Gus
      I first came across this in the 1950’s and recall drawing it out on paper – the soil resistance etc. Never got around to trying it though.


      1. Yeah I tried it again where we live now (Granted I am near 80 years old I still like to play around with ancient electronics) In any case it seems there is too much other noise so it didn’t work that well and then of course the earth around here is a very dry so that might be part of it.


      2. Yes, you need to knock your pipes in the ground where it’s wet.
        Also interesting and not used today is wireless reception from a ground connection. The strange thing about this method is that the reception improves as you use it, a bit like radionics.


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