The Russian ELF transmitter Zevs – More Huge Antennas

Russian Sub on the Surface


“ZEVS, The Russian 82 Hz ELF Transmitter – An Extreme Low Frequency transmission-system, using the real longwaves” by Trond Jacobsen at ALFLAB, Halden in Norway, pieces together another of the Russian Large Scale Antennas and it’s use for Submarine Communications.

The Zevs transmitters nearly worldwide coverage, makes it possible to send one-way messages to submersed Russian submarines, in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With the aid of ELF transmitters like the Russian Zevs, nuclear powered submarines can stay under water at operational depth with operational speed for weeks and months, out of sight for the “enemy”.

[The] CIS ELF transmitter Zevs at the Kola peninsula, [are] not exclusively used for military communication purposes. The ELF electromagnetic waves do not only penetrate water but also the ground to great depths. This property are used for geophysical research.

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5 thoughts on “The Russian ELF transmitter Zevs – More Huge Antennas

  1. Royce Haynes says:

    I am trying to see if there is a statistical correlation between the time periods of ELF transmissions and certain brain function abnormalities. Does anyone have solid information on the time frames of the US ELF project and the Russian ZEV systems.
    Available information says that the US system went fully operational in 1989. Question – how long before that and with what regularity did system testing take place? What frequencies were used 72, 76 and 80 Hz only, or others, and which ones? The facilities were dismantled in late 2004. Question – when did the system stop operating before that?
    Question – what are the same parameters for the Russian system? Is it still operating?
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Dr. Royce Haynes

  2. Erik Schorr says:

    Dr Haynes: one thing to consider for your research is that the effective radiated power of the two transmitters in the midwest and of Zevs was on the order of a few watts. Because of the scale of the antennas in relation to the wavelength of the signals, nearly all of the RF energy transmitted gets absorbed by the ground itself, and the remaining RF field measured around the surface of the earth (far field signal) ends up being between 10e-9 to 10e-6 watts, depending on your distance from the transmitter.

    This is an extremely weak signal compared to levels emitted from AC power distribution (at 50 and 60Hz) and computer monitors (between 60 and 100Hz) that we’re exposed to at much stronger levels on a constant basis. The likelihood of these transmitters specifically affecting neurological or biological systems is practically nil.

  3. Royce Haynes says:

    Thanks for the input Erik. The hypothesis that I am working on is that it is not the intensity of low frequency radiation that may be significant but the actual specific wavelengths involved. It would be analogous to the jamming of the Radio Free Europe broadcasts by the Russians during the cold war. Even though the ELF and Zevs intensity may be only 10^-9 watts, at a specific wavelength that may dwarf the intensity of a brainwave at that same frequency. And, if that brainwave is critical for brain function, even an infinitesibly low intensity signal could cause devastating damage to the developing brain of a young child.
    Do you have any leads on my original questions from the first posting?


    Royce Haynes

  4. G. B. Slater says:

    I noticed that ZEVS was active again in late summer 2008, but as I have been inactive for many years in RF monitoring due to chronic ME/CFS/CFIDS I cannot for sure state when it dissapeared in the last few years, living mostly in a noisy RF area for the last 10 years myself/

    I share more than a passing interest in your research, in fact I have found empirically that good locations for RF monitoring (eg: “RF-quiet” locations at frequencies below, say, 200kHz) give me some gradual (1-week onwards) relief from my ME/CFS/CFIDS symtpoms. (eg: rural locations in North and SW of Scotland, whilst pleasant, provide me no relief, quite the contrary; whereas NW Africa provides me with remarkable improvement after only a few days)
    I would suggest (coming from a longterm RF background, not a medical one) that the mixing products of several strong low frequency signals (in the frequency domain) are as significant as the carriers/centre frequencies themselves.
    To save me repeating basic radio training (forgive me if I underestimate your comprehension here) search wikipedia for ” Heterodyne ” for an introduction. The effect is similar to and audio “beat” frequency.

    I have long wondered if the mixing of eg: 72.1 and 72.2 kHz at sufficient magnetic field strengths would have a detectable biological effect at frequencies such as 100Hz, 144.3kHz (and higher order products too). An example more relevant to your research may be 17.1 khz, and 17.2 kHz, the products abound.
    The compression of the limited spectrum availability at the low end of the RF spectrum provides ample scope for lower-frequency products, I would suggest that the near-global reception of transmissions as low as 2.2Hz (!) and up to, for example 80 kHz or so provides sufficient magnetic field strength at surprising distances for “non-radio” (ie: possibly, though very very tentatively, biological) -effects. (the reasons being many: low spectrum availability leads to limited channel spacing, minimum shift keying usage, multi-carrier methods, low data rates, relatively (given the extreme engineering constraints) high ERP transmisisons in the far-field etc etc.

    Why do I feel that ELF-VLF-LF is more relevant to your research? Well, the magnetic field strength and mixing products of, say, 5.505 kHz and 5.506 kHz are nowhere near as significant at most locations globally!

    May I add that I have no interest (only in the humorous sense!) is pseudoscience or conspiracy theories on this or similar subjects. My empirical experiences with my own disease are merely a spinoff from my desire to return to an era where I could enjoy my hobby (RF amateur research) as well as my career (professional RF engineering) without the affect of my chronic illness.

    What you may need is a “healthy collection” of “open-minded” old radio hams to bounce ideas with :) :) :)

  5. G. B. Slater says:

    typo correction to above: “5.505 kHz and 5.506 kHz” should read “5.505MHz and 5.506 MHz”. I’m unbelievably tired here :)

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