Hessdalen 2002, Embla Mission:
The I.C.P.H. Radio Experience

Flavio Gori


ABSTRACT The third I.C.P.H. Hessdalen Mission, inside the EMBLA Project, has produced interesting data to analyse in the VLF/ELF radio waves fields and beyond. As stated for the 2001 SCEB hypothesis, we give our data and hypothesis to be validate or not to the international scientific community involved in the Hessdalen and similar Phenomena research.


Since 1999 the VLF (Very Long Frequency) radio waves research is part in the Hessdalen project , in order to contribute to shed a light on the Phenomena (4). In the 2000 summer researchers, engineers and technicians from the Radio Observatory at Medicina (near Bologna, Italy) did set up the very first VLF/ELF (Extremely Long Frequency) base station in the Hessdalen Valley (1).

This was for the many natural phenomena arising in the Earth atmosphere, that can be detected in that radio field even if apparently not connected with low radio frequency. We want to sample the natural electromagnetic noise in the local ELF/VLF field, in order to understand which one may be defined as "normal situation" to realize any kind of influence may arise when Hessdalen Phenomena appear (2a).

In the 2001 the second VLF Mission in the Valley gave us a hypothesis to be validated: realize if VLF field research may help in order to detect optically invisible "energy bags" flying very close to our antenna, disturbing the very local electromagnetic field, the so called SCEB (Self Contained Energy Bags) hypothesis (2).

In order to better evaluate data recorded during the 2000 and 2001 VLF Missions, ICPH (Italian Committee for Project Hessdalen) did organize a 2002 Mission joining the Optical and the Physics ones (The EMBLA 2002 Mission) (3). During the 2001 Mission analysis, a good part was about the SCEB hypothesis and the way to detect them. The very important point to understand is check out that hypothesis in the moment the Hessdalen Phenomena might turn visible (from SCEB status breaking the "bag" and releasing its energy in the visible field). This condition is not so easy to verify: we need optical instruments as well as ELF/VLF receivers detecting the same phenomena in the same time at a very short distance from our VLF antenna. We suppose that ELF/VLF antennas have to be very close to the phenomena in order to observe any possibly small influence or perturbation may be created in the background natural VLF/ELF electro-magnetic noise by SCEB.

As stated in the 2001 Report, the ELF/VLF receiver (ELFO) made by Electronic Engineers at Radio Observatory at CNR Medicina, was working inside the BluBox, where are stored optics instruments as well as computers working with the optical tools.

During the 2002 Mission a strong 3.5 kHz noise was recorded in the ELFO received emissions, likely due to local manmade noise condition. In order to realize which kind of noise we are experiencing, ELFO is now at Medicina Observatory to be carefully tested.

As a very first attempt to sample the 2002 summer valley ELF/VLF condition in various geographical sites, the very portable WR3 receiver and its whip antenna were used. Recording places were Aspaskjolen (63° 78' North-11°17' East), Mr Peder Skogaas' Summerfarm (62.72078 North and 11.00015 East) and the vicinity of the BluBox (few hundreds meters south from Aspaskjolen). Inside the BluBox we experienced a very high noise level, enough to invalidate VLF recording. WR3 worked well below 12 kHz, though a strong noise around 18 kHz did create noise in a vertical way, down to few kHz. It was likely due to the antenna/laptop display connection. Moreover, the BluBox is sited quite close to light power lines. During the 2002 Mission, these power lines are anyway strong enough to put a lot of manmade noise in our recorded files. The Hessdalen valley is a remote area (5) where you can find places without the 50 Hz noise, though you'll get another problem: get power to use our tools for long time.

Though much harder to find out, still during the 2002 Mission, the spectrogram frequencies free from noise were enough to analyse data, comparing them with the ones recorded during the 2001 Mission (2 and 5). In both years spectras we found out Doppler (fig.1) perturbation (fuzzy emissions) that did lead us to elaborate the so called SCEB (Self Contained Energy Bags) hypothesis and the way to detect them, as before reported (2). We did not experience any Hessdalen Phenomena during our VLF recording sessions, at least not so close to our antennas, to discover any connection between radio waves and optical phenomena.


fig. 1

Regarding on the field operations, during the 2002 Mission we recorded about 500 Mb in our laptop beside contact a small group of people having personal sightings of the phenomena (7). They gave us a lot of, in our opinion, reliable informations. These reports drove us to think about a VLF/ELF receiving station as close as possible to the Hessdalen stream Hesja, running down from the Aspaskjolen to the Oyungen lake, flowing close to the school where we used to live during our summer stay there. As already reported, such a stream flows both inside that outside the ground surface, likely bringing at the open air some minerals and, I guess, gases usually staying well below the ground surface.

In order to better fix the Hessdalen Valley low waves electromagnetic condition, we'd like to investigate in a global way, as a primary Project, though lighter ways may be a secondary hypothesis, still working. Something like an Onion Project.


The Next VLF/ELF Mission

As a Primary Project we should establish 4 VLF receiving stations: following the Hesja stream and very close to its waters, two at the ground (North -Aspaskjiolen and South &endash; the school site) and two on flying balloons, just over the ground stations, say 500 meters high from the ground surface at open air. Each item have to have (beside the VLF receiving system) one VHF station, in order to transmits data to the Master one. Each ground station have to send its data to the one just over and from that place, ground and air data (2+2 channels) have to be sent to the Master for later analysis. If we'll be able to put the BluBox in a higher geographical and quieter position (from the 50 Hz beacon noise), we could observe through the video and still video cameras over the BluBox, all the stream area under radio waves control. A very good condition to investigate the Hessdalen Phenomena, even in the infrared field.

Lighter projects may use fewer VLF receiving station until one Station, likely sited around the middle position between Aspaskjolen and the School. Being a remote location, its data have to be sent to a Master Station anyway, where we could store instruments and data for analysis.

Leaving for a while the Low radio field, I'll do a very short report about a very interesting instrument created and performed by Eng Stelio Montebugnoli Head of I.R.A. Medicina Radio Observatory: a radar working in the 400 MHz (6).

During his two weeks research field in the valley, Eng. Montebugnoli's radar detected some interesting "objects" who apparently (being invisible) were flying in the valley low atmosphere, at different distance, even beyond 10 km away. Could those spikes in the display instrument originated by SCEBs?

In order to better evaluate this possibility as well as use each instrument in its better way, we now propose to establish a joint experiment during the next Mission: while one station (say VLF/ELF) will stay in a given site, the Radar instrument will be at least 400 meters away, to take advantage of its own characteristics (radar operates beyond 400m). Likely the best position for radar will be the Aspaskjolen site that permits to "see" a wide open landscape, while the VLF/ELF Station will operate around a middle site position between Aspaskiolen and the school, though in a visible (from the radar point) site. In this way we'll take all the opportunities to understand if VLF/ELF Station will detect, in the real place, the same phenomena that Radar Station will do at a given distance. A not easy evaluation to perform when the two Stations operate from the same place.

During 2001 Mission I asked valley inhabitants about any kind of radio or TV machines interference coming from the presence of HP may be reported by the inhabitants. No one was. In the 2001/2002 winter something has changed and one evening one resident reported a sharp interference during a TV transmission, when a H.P did fly between transmitter and his antenna just over his house. Such interference was not confirmed by the man living in the house close to the first one and listening a medium waves radio transmission. It is important to underline that the TV witness was watching a satellite emission, likely around 11 GHz. This statement should give importance to another research field to better validate the report: the TV satellite broadcasting frequency range. One more research field to monitor the Hessdalen Phenomena may arise with on the field experience.

Montebugnoli's radar, with a different receiving system, may permits one more look at the lower atmosphere, even at those high frequency? In this case we could get radio waves in three different radio ranges, ELF/VLF, 400 MHz and 11 GHz in order to observe different views of the same phenomena: SCEBs and HP.

It should be an important target for the 2003 Embla Mission: three radio waves views of a phenomena in the same time. It will give us more data to analyse and, maybe, correlate. It should be a step towards the Hessdalen Phenomena understanding.


1) EMBLA 2001: THE OPTICAL MISSION, by Massimo Teodorani, Erling Stranda and Bjørn Gitle Hauge http://www.itacomm.net/PH/, (October 2001);
2) EMBLA 2001: VLF RADIO REPORT, by Flavio Gori http://www.loscrittoio.it/Pages/FG-1201.html and
http://www.itacomm.net/PH , (December 2001);

2a) A VLF/ELF proposal for on the field research at Hessdalen, by Flavio Gori, Proceeding Hessdalen Project at Medicina (May 1999);
3) EMBLA_2002: AN OPTICAL AND GROUND SURVEY IN HESSDALEN, by Massimo Teodorani and Gloria Nobili.
http://www.hessdalen.org/reports/EMBLA_2002_2.pdf, (0ctober 2002);
4) PROJECT HESSDALEN, by Erling Strand
http://www.hessdalen.org/reports/ProjectHessdalen-story-April2002.pdf, (April 2002);
http://www.loscrittoio.it/Pages/FG0901.html and http://www.itacomm.net/PH, (September 2001);
7) ON THE FIELD REPORT by Matteo Leone (2002), under development for ICPH.


I'd like to thank all the people who helped me to be in the Hessdalen Valley as well as the ones who spent their time to discuss with me and my hypothesis. Here they are:

Renzo Cabassi and ICPH/CIPH (Italian Commitee for Project Hessdalen or Comitato Italiano per il Progetto Hessdalen), for their friendship, assistance and financial support to let me be in Hessdalen;

Matteo Leone a very friendly mate and great on the field researcher;

Stelio Montebugnoli for his great radar instruments and very precious advises;

Gloria Nobili and Massimo Teodorani for their scientific discussion and advises;

Marsha Adams of Times Research Inc., a great researcher, involved in a lot of fields: VLF, chemical, optics and radon;

Erling Strand, leader of Project Hessdalen, for the informations he gave me during my days in the valley and during data analysis.

Marco Poloni, Nicoletta Laschi, Bjorn Gitle Hauge, Simona Righini and Andrea Orlati for their very important scientific conversations at the school;

Luciano Cianchi, Luigi Ciraolo and Paolo Moretti, all from CNR-IROE-Firenze; as well as Cesare Tagliabue, I5TGC; for their scientific support before and after my Hessdalen times;

Dennis Gallagher from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for his scientific advises;

William Taylor and William Pine from NASA-INSPIRE Project, Goddard Space Flight Center for their scientifical assistance during data analysis;

Stanislav Klimov, I.K.I., Russian Space Research Institute, for his scientific advises;

Peder and Sig Skogaas for their lovely friendship and important help to coordinate our work with the inhabitants, a very important item;

Jonathan Tisdall AFTENPOSTEN daily Journalist, for his help in find out news about the valley and Norway;

Ellin Brattas with her husband Birger and Bjiorne Lillevold with his wife Hallfrid, Ruth Mary Moe and her daughter Randi, Hessdalen valley residents, for giving us so many informations about lights in the valley and how inhabitants feel about, even in the previous times.

All the norwegian people greeting us during our time in the valley.





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