Field Broadcasters

Field Broadcasting 25 Years On

By Hugh Lovel




T. Galen Hieronymus introduced his first ‘Cosmic Pipes’ in the mid-1980s and shortly thereafter Jerry Friedenstein introduced what he called ‘Towers of Power’. These were early versions of passive, self-driven field devices using pattern energy to set up induction fields that enhanced biological processes. The Hieronymus design in particular worked like a crystal radio set, driven by the charge differential between the soil and the atmosphere.


Initially the concept was to increase soil vitality with beneficial patterns of energy. This could feed plants better nutrition from the soil and improve agricultural results. Hieronymus’s early experiments indicated energy patterns could be conveyed through copper wires and imparted at a receipt point represented by any sort of ‘witness’. This witness could be a serum specimen, a photograph, a map or even a name of a distinct person or place. This wasn’t a new concept, as Hieronymus patented his ‘eloptic’ analyser based on these discoveries back in 1949.


Getting Started

Long ago I learned faith provides the courage to seek, and what you seek you find. In 1985 a neighbour loaned me a copy of ACRES, USA, prodding me to look into Galen’s ‘cosmic pipe’. I then subscribed to ACRES and found time to visit Galen and his wife Sarah at their Oasis slightly over an hour away in Lakemont, GA. With my background in quantum physics everything made sense, as my university professors had argued that quantum rules, such as non-locality, entanglement and coherence, applied at every level of the universe. This was just what I had been looking for.


As a market gardener I grew many different kinds of crops, so Galen gave me one of his Cosmic Pipes to experiment with. At first I didn’t know what I was doing and set it up against the bank below my chicken coop. Galen and his wife Sarah visited, and he suggested the top plate had to be at least 8 feet away from anything related to the ground to have enough head room to work, so I moved it out across the driveway into a patch I was planting in corn where a Bray 2 test showed 278 lbs/acre phosphorous despite previous signs of phosphorous deficiency. I’d thought to remedy that by placing valerian flower juice (BD 507), a noted phosphorous remedy, in the reagent well. For sure, the corn grew robustly with no signs of phosphorous deficiency, and initially I thought this was good.


Also I’d sowed carrots with a few radishes mixed in to mark the rows, and I was disappointed when the radishes bloomed at four weeks and simply crispend and died in six—no radishes and no seed. That seemed a little strange, but after two months scattered carrots started to bloom, and they too crispend and died—no carrots, no seed. Very strange. Soon the corn started to tassel, but three weeks afterwards only a few stalks had developed ears and presented silks. Even these made no corn. My tomatoes had bloomed and burned up, and my peppers seemed to be going the same way. I was extremely puzzled, and I asked myself, what was going on?


With a start, I realized the valerian flower juice [BD 507] in the reagent well had thrown everything out of balance. The phosphorous process is a burning process that culminates in flowering, and due to the Cosmic Pipe it had overwhelmed all the other biological processes.



Obviously Galen’s technology worked, but the message was to be careful with the reagent patterns. By broadcasting nothing but the BD 507 I had thrown things seriously out of balance and over-stimulated the phosphorous process all by itself. Over the years the issue of balance has turned out to be the most damaging beginner’s error. As a solution, using my Hieronymus Analyser, I made a reagent that included all of the biodynamic preparations (numbered 500-508) as well as a microbial culture and a fossil humate fertilizer with a 5-3-3-2-2 analysis, and the results easily were the best I had experienced in farming. However, that was 1988 and I still had a lot to learn.


The next year, for the first time, my old washed-out, eroded soils put in a genuinely good performance. In October I visited Harvey Lisle, a biodynamic pioneer who lived in Ohio, and we made paper disc chromatograms from my soils and produce crops. Urea showed up quite clearly in every chromatogram except my compost. I had never used urea. To sort this out, I talked to Leland Taylor of Agronics in New Mexico who manufactured the humate fertiliser with 5% nitrogen, and he said it was no secret, his fossil humate, Rico Verde™, was boosted with urea. However, he explained, when applied to a garden or field soil, the microbial activity nourished by the humates would convert the urea to amino acids within a day or two. I’m sure that was correct.


But, obviously that did not apply to field broadcasting which put out the pattern without the bulk microbial food. The only place I had enough microbial activity to keep the urea converted was in my compost piles. No wonder I smelled a whiff of urea every time I fried one of my ‘yard’ eggs. As a biodynamic farmer I was very sensitive to the difference between ‘funny’ nitrogen, such as urea, and functional amino acid nitrogen, and thus I substituted Agronics’ raw humate, Clodbuster™, for the Rico Verde™ in my reagents, whereupon the hint of urea disappeared. The eggs were the best ever, the chickens were broody for the first time, and the farm seemed happy. This was a bit more than two years on into experimenting with the Hieronymus Cosmic Pipe.




Over the following seven years my potato crops continually improved. However, over the last six of those years I lost my tomato crop to decomposition just prior to ripening—a week earlier each year. First it was the beginning of October, then it marched back across September to where at the last I lost my tomatoes at the end of August. Mysteriously some kind of imbalance was building up.


Market gardening is very sensitive to the influences of the surrounding cosmos which constantly shift this way and that. You always win some and lose some. This, however, was a consistent trend. Eventually I realized the flaw in Galen’s concept was his Cosmic Pipe design built up the mineral, biological, digestive and nutritive forces in the soil, but it entirely neglected the atmospheric processes of photosynthesis, blossoming, fruiting and ripening. Potatoes are a crop very close to the soil, while tomatoes are a crop of the atmosphere. By constantly building up the forces in the soil while neglecting the atmosphere, things soon got to where my tomatoes never ripened but were digested while my potatoes thrived—proof once again that the technology worked, but also proof it had to be applied in a balanced way.


At this point I made a complete re-design with two wells, two circuits and two broadcast coils—one set for the soil and another, mirror image of the first, for the atmosphere. In the bottom well I used homeopathic potencies of all the lime polarity biodynamic preparations, and in the top well all the silica polarity ones. And, because of having to face such wisecracks as, “Cosmic Pipe, eh? What do you smoke in it?” I called my new copyright design a Field Broadcaster since what it did was broadcast a patterned induction field to the land. On my farm the following year I was hauling full loads of beautiful vine ripe tomatoes to my markets. At this point I decided to manufacture and sell units.


Lessons in Manufacturing


From the start, Hieronymus’s worst design flaw was condensation of moisture inside the pipe. Unless the pipe was sealed, daytime expansion of the air inside meant cool, moist air came back in at night, and moisture would collect in the bottom and gradually fill up the tube. This affected the broadcast and the results were not desirable. My new design made this a lot harder to happen. While manufacturing flaws can occur, if the assembly is air tight and the well jars are seated with silicone caulk, this cannot occur.


While I published the basic design, both in ACRES, USA and ACRES Australia, there’s only so much information one can give when it comes to manufacturing technique. I wanted individual farmers to experiment. However, publishing plans was not meant to fuel commercial production. Lloyd Charles, an Australian biodynamic farmer that I collaborated with to produce my broadcasters in Australia, reckoned it probably takes making 20 broadcasters to get on top of manufacturing technique so a reliable product is produced, and I quite agree. Even then, given a 5 year warranty on defects and customer feedback, manufacturing flaws turn up.


Quality control—thoroughness, skill, dedication and testing—are a product of learning experiences born out of making mistakes. I’ve seen a lot of homemade field broadcasters with a variety of deficiencies, and filling up with water is the leading cause of malfunction. One farmer in a high rainfall area of New Zealand had a friend make him a broadcaster rather than order one from overseas. It filled up with what I believe was high sodium water, because over a period of several years his soil sodium levels climbed and climbed to where they were 4% of his CEC and more than double his potassium levels. This seriously affected his production and frustrated all attempts at correction. From any ordinary point of view it made little sense


Also, livestock—particularly cows or horses—like to rub up against the broadcaster and soon will snap it off.  This has turned out to be the second most common problem, is not covered under warranty, and it can happen to any broadcaster lacking a secure corral. Accidents with equipment come under this heading too.

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Field Broadcaster in a corral on an Australian Cattle Station




Indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers and poisons around the broadcaster or in its near vicinity is another major concern. Twice I’ve seen entire banana plantations turn noticeably yellow when glyphosate was applied around the base of their broadcasters.


Most alarming of all, one day while I was out a fellow called and left a message that he had built one of my ‘cosmic pipes’ and put Black Flag™ in it—was that going to take care of his insects? Unfortunately he didn’t leave a number, and this was back when we didn’t have smart phones that remembered callers’ numbers. A commercial insecticide such as Black Flag™ surely would have ‘taken care’ of his insects—and also his dog, cat, kids, wife, etc. and himself. What’s left of him may be six feet under and pushing up daisies. I guess he wasn’t thinking of the sixth commandment, Thou shalt not kill; but it’s amazing how widespread the Cain mentality is. In the Biblical story, when Cain felt he had a problem with his brother, Abel, his solution was murder. If a farmer doesn’t like a weed or an insect, the usual solution is just kill it. Euphemistically this is called control, but personally, I think it is an extremely dangerous approach.




On the Positive Side




On the other hand one broadcaster owner called me up, and with no pause for pleasantries said, “I haven’t slept a wink in over a week.”


I responded, “What are you talking about?”


He blurted, “Even the dog and the cat are jumping out of their skins. What do I do?”


My response was, “Okay. What have you done?”


“I had a bag of Azomite™, and ever since I spread it around my Field Broadcaster I haven’t gotten a wink of sleep.”


He sounded very distraught—almost in tears—and I was beginning to understand. I asked, “The whole bag? How close to the broadcaster?”


“Yeah, the whole bag, maybe in an eight foot radius.”


“I see. Well look, you’d have been fine if you’d used a handful or two over that area, but Azomite™ is a super high energy mineral, and the whole bag was a massive overdose. You need to scrape up as much as you can and spread it out like a normal field application.”


This illustrates that whatever is going on in the immediate vicinity of the field broadcaster becomes part of the patterns that are broadcast. The corollary is that balanced improvement of the soil in the immediate vicinity of the broadcaster will have a favourable effect all over the property—just don’t overdo it. We recommend to people that they spray a complex of biodynamic preparations around the broadcaster when they install it. In America I usually recommend the Pfeiffer Field and Garden Spray from the Josephine Porter Institute. In Australia I like to recommend the Soil Activator preparation available from Biodynamic Agriculture Australia (02 6655 0566). As for what to plant around the broadcaster, my favourite is a stinging nettle patch around the base.


Quantum Homeopathy

Via dowsing, Harvey Lisle was the first to discover that burying vials of various biodynamic preparations in their physical form a couple inches deep along the east side of his Hieronymus Cosmic Pipe would project these remedies into the broadcast. However, when he left these raw preparations there for prolonged periods some undesirable effects occurred. This was the first clue that field broadcasting worked better with homeopathic preparation patterns than with the raw materials. The physical substances were overwhelming if not diluted so that their subtle patterns came to the fore.


While there are a lot of amazing success stories out there about putting physical materials or preparations in the wells or next to the broadcast coils for a few days and then removing them, the key to lasting success is removing them again.


For example, a dairy farmer in southeast Queensland had over 80% of his farm flooded for a couple weeks. When the water receded the pastures were water logged and anaerobic. In a conference call with other field broadcaster owners it was suggested he bury a vial of hydrogen peroxide alongside his broadcaster for a few days, and he did. Almost immediately the pastures bounced back and started growing, where across the highway his neighbour’s pastures remained sodden and bedraggled for more than a month. After a few days this dairy farmer removed the vial, as advised, and things went well; but try to imagine what would happen if hydrogen peroxide was part of the broadcast 24/7/365. It wouldn’t take long before serious imbalances showed up.


I’ve done this sort of thing with solubor, and by the third day every animal on the farm, including the rabbits and myself, had very, very loose stools. With copper sulphate the effects were so noticeable in three weeks that everyone on the farm was complaining of going numb in any part of their bodies that had received any sort of a recent electric shock, even a low grade one.


On the other hand, 30c potencies of various raw substances left in the wells for months and months never showed any physical symptoms—although tissue tests showed the boron, copper, calcium, molybdenum or whatever soon showed up in the plants.


Subtle Energies


The general category most pattern energy modalities fall into—like colour therapy, homeopathy, field broadcasters and radionic devices—is called ‘subtle’ energy because these low level quantum effects usually aren’t immediately physical like hammers, levers and gears. It takes paying attention to details, as well as the overall picture and the progression of events, to realize what the effects are. Dowsing can be used to detect extremely subtle effects, which is how Harvey Lisle noticed that any substance placed in the soil adjacent to his Cosmic Pipe immediately affected the entire induction field of the broadcast.


A grazer in the Inland Empire north of Spokane, Washington recently told us he noticed the effects of his broadcaster immediately because he had Lyme disease and the treatment caused something called a Herxheimer Reaction from sudden, massive elimination of dead cells. His doctor had prescribed that he take molybdenum supplementation for this, and the reagent package for his broadcaster had 30c sodium molybdate in both top and bottom wells. Whenever he was on his property with the field broadcaster his Herxheimer reaction was greatly reduced.


Another milestone was laid down in the early days by Mark Moeller, a radionic agricultural consultant who worked with Hieronymus. Mark was the first to insist that that broadcasts must be limited to individual properties, as we have neither the moral nor legal right to affect others’ properties without their informed consent.


My hat’s off to Mark, but as far as I’m aware I was the first to realize that because of quantum entanglement we could use aerial maps of the broadcaster owner’s property with the boundaries marked, along with a written intent that defined the area of the broadcast. The result of this was an even, resonant containment and build-up of the energetic patterns within the broadcast area, and a large improvement in results.


These sorts of lessons arise from trained observation of natural processes by folks skilled in the detection of imbalances and apt in finding corrective measures that increase and enhance beneficial effects. In short, field broadcasters are best placed, maintained and programmed by people with an in-depth familiarity with agriculture and a profound understanding of nature. To this end my wife, Shabari, and I are training and certifying Quantum Agriculture graduates who are equipped to install and service field broadcasters as an aspect of a comprehensive agricultural consultancy aimed at achieving consistent quality results.


The Coattails of Change

Needless to say we feel considerable responsibility to warn against fraud. A new technology like this acts as a magnet for fast talking scam artists who rely on gullibility and ignorance. Field broadcasting fits this bill because few people are well grounded in quantum theory or how nature works in thriving, self-sufficient ecosystems. This makes it a risk to deal with anyone without a proven track record behind them. There have been copies including out-and-out rip-offs of my designs for commercial purposes along with re-printings of my articles, customer testimonials, photos and frequently asked questions straight from my website. This is more than enough reason for us to train certified Quantum Agriculture representatives.


Back in the early days I wanted everyone to understand the concepts and have access to the design to experiment with. This has led to efforts by others to patent my design and/or to sell poorly manufactured units. While I think I should have expected this, the part that worries me most is giving a new technology a bad name. I don’t like seeing poorly made products sold in my name.


While beginners will make their own field broadcasters based on my published (copyright) design and—with little or no experience with reagent patterns—achieve wondrous success, these folks are more or less flying blind in a dense fog. Good luck you brave souls, pay close attention and wondrous things will happen—but they won’t all be good. Mistakes are the key to learning, so take care to minimize risk, have courage, and who knows what can be learned. Keep in touch, keep good records, ask questions and please, share results. That way we all will learn. The application of subtle energies in agriculture is a game changer on par with the development of the steam and internal combustion engines, and it heralds a new age in agriculture.


On the other hand people who go straight into manufacturing and selling hardware using my design for profit should contact me to work out a licensing agreement. I have had people blatantly rip me off and advertise that they are selling “Hugh Lovel Broadcasters” while I had no oversight in their manufacture and received nary a cent for either the use of my name and reputation or my copyright.

In Summary

My inadvertent beginner’s mistake of broadcasting the pattern of urea, which resulted in things growing well even though it poisoned the environment with low grade nitrogen salts, illustrates how essential a profound understanding of nature is for the success of field broadcasting. Nitrogen salts impair natural nitrogen fixation, which is what we really want if our farms or gardens are to produce abundant, quality results with little or no outside inputs while building soil to the benefit of mankind and the greater ecology. Sure, broadcasting the resonant pattern of urea created physical urea throughout the farm. Superficially it looked good, but nitrogen salts, including urea, are the antagonist of silica which is the basis of transport and organic integrity. The long range effects are pests, diseases and less than optimal nutrition. On the other hand, amino acid nitrogen, particularly the three sulphur containing amino acids found in cell walls, connective tissues and transport vessels are synergistic with silica, and it is this amino acid nitrogen that works with silica to give plants immunity to pests and diseases along with nutritional density.  


Unsurprisingly, silica is usually ignored in chemical agriculture where things look good on the surface, but at a subtler level are profoundly askew. The result is loss of protoplasmic density, cosmetic blemishes, disease and pest problems and a failure to raise the soil foodweb and the overall farm ecology to the level of robust self-sufficiency.


From the start, the problem with chemical agriculture has been excitement with what superficially looked great but at the core was rotten. Though agricultural science of the recent past is strewn with bad examples, we need to achieve the highest level of scientific integrity in agriculture. As Liebig pointed out, agriculture stands above all other professions. For all of the wonders of urbanization, sociologists continue to point out that civilization is utterly dependent on agriculture. This means it is a matter of greatest importance that we hold agriculture to the highest standard of integrity, as this will be reflected in our culture.


This was true when Justus von Liebig penned his mea culpa in 1873, “Indeed, Herein Lies the Crux of My Life”, and, it is every bit as true today. I believe it would be appropriate to redeem the great chemist and father of chemical agriculture’s reputation. We must adhere to a high standard, and the application of subtle energy patterns in agriculture may well help us accomplish that.



The worship of false doctrines must be destroyed I’ve long thought it sufficient in science to teach the truth and to spread it. However, the glorification of falsehood must be annihilated to establish a firm foundation for truth, and I’ve recently realized my error in agriculture was not pursuing this further. As my final wish, I pass on the mission to cleanse my teachings of the accumulated lies others have used to obscure them, lo these many years.

In truth, agriculture is both contemplative and spiritual Unfortunately almost no one realizes the truebeauty of agriculture—its inner spirituality and beingness. It warrants the best efforts of science—not only because of its produce and the benefits it bestows on those who understand the language of nature—but because it stands above all other vocations.

The Bondage of Error At one time, the view permeated my every fibre that plants obtained theirnourishment in soluble form. This view was false and was the source of my errant behaviour, but the human mind is a curious thing and it sees nothing beyond its field of vision.


–Justus von Liebig, Indeed, Herein Lies the Crux of My Life


Hugh Lovel, author of the book A Biodynamic Farm and frequent contributor to ACRES, USA and ACRES Australia is a multi-disciplinary scientist dedicated to abundant production of food of the highest quality while regenerating soil fertility and environmental health. He farmed for 30 years in Georgia before migrating to Australia as an agronomist, lecturer and consultant to growers from horticulture to grazing. He believes the best results come from empowering farmers to be well-informed and self-reliant, and he recommends only what is needed for best outcomes while saving growers money.  Mixing detailed explanations with practical examples, Hugh helps growers sort out problems of all types by learning to identify their causes rather than merely treating symptoms. Using what he calls the Biochemical Sequence and Comprehensive Testing, he points out how to interpret soils, crops, weeds and lab results to grasp the key importance of sulphur, boron and silicon, which all too often go ignored.


Shabari Bird Lovel, Hugh’s partner and former neighbour of 30 years, teaches  self-improvement as well as food preparation, fermentation and preservation. She has a passionate interest in agricultural ferments. Her late husband, Christopher Bird, co-authored Secret Life of Plants and Secrets of the Soil.

Shabari works actively with Hugh to update the “Reagents” for their Field Broadcaster clients around the world.