This is a new (to us) angle on certain lines of enquiry re. planetary theory in Talkshop blog posts.
John H. Nelson’s theory of propagation: Is there anything to it? – By David Dalton, K9WQ
In March 1951, John H. Nelson, an engineer for the RCA Communications Co. in New York, published an article in RCA Review describing a theory for predicting shortwave radio propagation over the North Atlantic. Nelson developed the theory by comparing planetary positions relative to the sun with logs of propagation conditions maintained at RCA’s receiving station at Riverhead, Long Island.
The article said that certain configurations of the six inner planets correlated with degraded propagation conditions. Nelson was not dogmatic about his theory. Rather, in the article and in a follow-up article published in May 1952, he encouraged further study [see footnote]. Nelson believed that his theory was about 85 percent accurate in its predictions.
As far as I can determine from searching the Web, few or no studies have been done to test Nelson’s theory. The theory appears to have been either neglected, or discounted based on studies that I am not aware of. Don C. Maier, a retired electrical engineer who met Nelson almost 50 years ago, had a copy of Nelson’s 1951 article which was given to him by Nelson, and the article was republished, with Maier’s comments, in the March/April 2000 issue of Infinite Energy magazine. Maier also encouraged further study and recognized that Nelson’s theory might be of particular interest to hams.
The republished article in Infinite Energy was the first I had heard of Nelson, and I was intrigued by the article. Though I have no particular training in astronomy, I do have experience with computer programming and the processing of data sets. I realized that it would not be too difficult to calculate many years of planetary ephemera and run the data through a program to check for the planetary configurations that Nelson correlated with degraded propagation.
Full story: Nelson's Theory of Propagation.
‘”John frequently spoke to us in NYC at the Society for the Investigation of Recurring Events. He was very straightforward and down-to-earth about his work. With his telescope in his NJ driveway, he could predict magnetic storms with greater accuracy then could the US government.
“When asked by a listener, ‘Why does this work?’, he replied, ‘I don’t know. When you go to the pearly gates, you can ask the grand high muckety-muck…..and he probably don’t know either.’
Footnote: If anyone can find any relevant ‘further study’ please send us the links.