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    John Nelson was an engineer who worked for RCA Communications. In 1946 he was assigned the task of developing a reliable method of predicting the onset of
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      John Nelson was an engineer who worked for RCA Communications. In
      1946 he was assigned the task of developing a reliable method of
      predicting the onset of magnetic storms, which were playing havoc
      with long-distance radio communications.

      He was aware of prior research suggesting sunspots were the major
      factor in radio transmission disruption and he set out to test this
      hypothesis, by recording the sunspot observations he made with a five-
      inch refracting telescope on the roof of the RCA building in New York
      City. By 1949, his radio propagation forecasts had "attained an
      accuracy of about 65 to 70 percent."

      Nelson's five year study concluded that sunspots alone were not the
      problem. The position of the planets also had an effect.

      He had improved the accuracy of his predictions by following
      correlations between planetary positions and magnetic storms. He
      noted that whenever two or more planets formed a 90o or 180o angle
      with the earth [ the opposition and the square, which astrologers
      consider to be "challenging" aspects ], disturbances in radio
      transmission always occurred; but that radio transmissions were much
      improved when the planets were in the angular relationships (60o
      sextiles and 120o trines) which astrologers consider to have a benign

      He published a pamphlet and a series of updates in which he described
      correlations between sunspots and geomagnetic activity, and between
      these and the heliocentric aspects of the planets:

      Nelson, J. H.: "Shortwave Radio Propagation Correlation with
      Planetary Positions", RCA Review, March 1951, Vol. 12, pp. 26-34.

      Nelson, J. H.: "Planetary Position Effect on Short Wave Signal
      Quality," Electrical Engineering, May 1952, Vol. 71, No. 5, pp. 421-

      His initial claims were summarized in a press release:


      The method summarized in the press release follows below:

      1. When two or more planets are at right angles to each other, or in
      line on the same side of the sun, or in line with the sun between
      them, magnetic disturbances occur more frequently on the earth's

      2. The most disturbed 12 month period will be those preceding and
      following the positioning of Saturn and Jupiter in such a
      configuration with relation to the sun.

      3. The most severe disturbances occur when Mars, Venus, Mercury and
      the Earth are in critical relationship near points of the Saturn-
      Jupiter configuration.

      4. When Saturn and Jupiter have moved away from their critical
      relationship, there is a corresponding decline in the severity of
      magnetic weather, although storms of shorter duration result from the
      critical combinations of smaller planets.

      Nelson went on to present his findings in a paper, "Planetary
      Position Effects on Shortwave Signal Qualities," to the 1952 AIEE

      While there, he met a radio frequency engineer who noted that Nelson
      omitted Uranus, Neptune and Pluto from his study. The engineer
      convinced him that doing so was a mistake because other work had
      shown that these planets were essential to predicting magnetic
      storms. Nelson added these planets into his calculations and found
      that his prediction model met with even greater success.

      Nelson had left these three planets out of his research at first
      because of their great distance from earth. Therefore, he was amazed
      to find that, although the gravitational effects of these distant
      planets upon the Sun were infinitesimal, their influence on the
      formation of magnetic storms was immense.

      Nelson's work on the effects of planetary positions on radio wave
      propagation was published in the May 1962 Electrical Engineering

      An anthology of John Nelson's technical writings is available here:

      < http://www.sacredscience.com/store/

      Cosmic Patterns. John Nelson. CAT#442

      This book explains in great detail the methods used by Nelson in his

      Table of Contents:

      1.) Introduction to Sunspots, the Ionosphere, and Shortwave Radio.

      2.) Early Research Period.

      3.) The Search For Angles.

      4.) The Search for Harmonic Refinements.

      5.) Summary.
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