Open Source Radionics – Part 3 – Materials

Something to turn on

Resistance is only in the Star Trek universe futile. We need resistance for setting a rate. Therefore here is the first element:

A typical single-turn potentiometer

Choose a control knob. I prefer the colored ones.

CC by Roadside Guitars on Flickr
CC by Roadside Guitars on Flickr

You may prefer a variable capacitor instead of a variable resistance like this:

CC by Ulfbastel at German Wikipedia

This depends on your personal taste. Personally I do not care, because it’s all in my mind. If you need a capacitor than go for it. You may combine them with variable resistance too.

Then you need a witness and a trend well. You should choose a container which can be easily cleaned, like a small beaker.

CC by Jaeger5432 on Wikipedia


At this point you should already chosen an enclosure for your device. There are plenty of industry enclosure for electronics like this one:

CC by Sonic Potions on Flickr

The enclosure can be made of other materials like wood. I love wood, it renders the device more organic, more “alive”. But metal or plastic is easier to keep clean. And it feels cleaner too. So keep this in mind when you choose a material for the enclosure.

If your enclosure is too big, then it will be difficult to embed a stick pad. I suggest that a stick pad is a optional tool which can be plugged in, so you have more freedom in the design of the main module. Even for a transportable unit it is advisable to have a plugable stick pad, because then you can also exchange the stick pad. Imagine that you have several different stick pads for different purposes. Would this not be nice?!

And regarding the stick pad, there will be series of post specialized on this element only, because it is a tool which requires more focus on the details.


CC by PiccoloNamek on English wikipedia

Light can be used for feedback, signaling a state like ready, broadcasting or cleansing and yes even for analyze purposes.

If you like digital devices then use the LEDs. But in a more “analog” (or retro) approach you can build in a small light-bulb:

CC by Ulfbastel on Wikipedia

LEDs are fast, can blink and flicker very fast. A light bulb emits a constant warm light. It even warms a device up and it is nice in the winter to have something to warm your cold hands.

If you are technically skilled why not use the good old vacuum tubes?

CC by Stefan Riepl (Quark48) on Wikipedia

Fake Elements

It’s a little bit provocative to name this category of elements “fake”. They sure has a purpose, but how else can you name them. These are the cleaning buttons, the on / off switches on a pure analog device, the reverse button, and so on. Whatever this elements are intended to do, make them big, pretty, colorful, loud.

My favorite:


Here you can put on labels like:

  • Orgonizer
  • Scalar Dimension Harmonizer
  • Super Energizer, use only once in your life!
  • Call Rambo!
  • Call my wife!
  • Call the monster, my mother-in-law (Never use this!) … and stick a photo of her below the switch!
  • Kill the parasite!
  • Exorcise!!!
  • Reverse what I have done!
  • Yes you can!
  • Andiamo!
  • Mangiamo!
  • Beviamo!

… or whatever ever powerful words would come in your mind spontaneously. But well, you need then to explain your mother-in-law what exactly the switch does.

Fake elements are the perfect sale argument. If you are creative enough, your device is the only one who has such a switch.

The next post will compare the analog or digital approach in radionics.


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