Magnetofunky - A 1223Studios Production

Grid power to the people!

Magnetofunky is a laid back (and often explicit, you bet your ass...) weekly podzine of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%, the people usually left out of discussions on going off the grid or generating electricity in an emergency. I'm seeking solutions to a simple scenario: how do you charge a battery AND keep your fridge running on day three of a blackout without a solar panel or a windmill?

Physically, I'm in the damn-near completely gentryfied and contentious (and constantly renovated) left coast oasis of art, culture, and social experiment called San Francisco. My current base of operations is in my Mission District sculpture/podcast studio, but metaphorically, I'm perched at the western end of Golden Gate Park near Sunset Beach, where the sunsets are wonderful and scientists, poets, artists and musicians come through and jam to the surf...

The Open Mic Stage accepts submissions of almost any genre from great bands and artists the world over, whether big name or indie, as long as I like the beat and flow.

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Magnetofunky No. 135 - August 17 2019,    Duration: 46:08

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Image: An old school 10-15 mH inductor, but I'll check to be sure...

"Mystery Load"

Always With You - Duckwood

What Is The Load

Image: The 3.9 nF film cap; close enough......   

Open Mic Stage: Assorted Big Beat Indie...

Twist The Knife - Velvet Acid Christ    Time Away - penny    You're Still Alright - Saidtheanimals    Rover - Jenn Vix

08/21-Is War with Iran Imminent - The Current Situation Explained, Manny's, SF    08/22-Buy Back The Block, Climb Real Estate, Oakland

Tank Circuit Baby Steps...

Image: One bifilar coupled inductor done......   

One More Tune:
Blue Daniel Vocalise - Shookriya

Magnetofunky No. 134 - August 09 2019,    Duration: 39:20

Episode Transcript

Image: Comparing the different tank circuit versions of Benitez patent 14311, Switch 5...

"Tank Circuit Shuffle"

Barbie Doll - Duckwood

Meta Homework

Image: A chart for transposing induction coil features onto an NPN transistor or Mosfet, minus an RF Choke inductor acting as a possible secondary coupled inductor...   

Open Mic Stage: Fresh Hard Hip Hop...

I Am - Kidd Ralphie    Eminem - Starranko    I Can't Be - Shyboylo

08/13-Ibram X. Kendi, 'How to Be An Antiracist' with Shaun King, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn    08/14-CODEPINK August Local Meeting, Somewhere in Venice    08/14-The Wrong Place, 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center, SF    08/16-Free Citizenship Clinic, Masjid Al Salam, Oakland

Inductor Options...

Image: Example of a generic RF Choke inductor with axial terminals; may work with a transistor in a tank circuit...   

One More Tune:
Save You - Duckwood

Magnetofunky No. 133 - August 03 2019,    Duration: 39:47

Episode Transcript

Image: This is the latest setup for the dual primary circuit, with the #16 primary wire, still treading water...


Adventures In Babysitting The Antichrist  - Velvet Acid Christ

View From The Thicket

Image: The output current was set to 5A; the DC converter is now ready to connect to the Benitez-8 load taps...   

Open Mic Stage: Fresh Darkwave...

Love Me - Get Back VAL    Among The Stars - Frantic Romantic    Beyoncé (feat. Courtney) - Starranko

08/05-Black Girls CODE Chicago Summer Camp, Chicago    08/09-Acorazado Tijuana, Teatro Frida Kahlo Theater, LA    08/10-Boys 'n' Guns - Masculinity in a Culture of Violence, Menlo Park City Council ChambersF    08/10-2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville - Act Against White Supremacy, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Office, SF

Puzzle Pieces...

Image: I decided to try the simpler 9V S-E circuit. I tried to use the hair-thin wire from a car relay for the secondary, but the wire kept breaking, so I tried #32 wire with no luck...   

One More Tune:
The Bullet Wins - Velvet Acid Christ

Magnetofunky No. 132 - July 19 2019,    Duration: 39:46

Episode Transcript

Image: My Slayer Exciter primary-secondary coil tower...

"The Slayer Exciter Lateral Shift"

Nasal Passageways - WDIA

A Better Tesla Coil

Image: One of the standard schematics for a lateral stripped-down version of a Tesla coil - a Slayer Exciter...    Image: My schematic for the Benitez-8...

Open Mic Stage: Fresh Darkwave...

Seed Of Evil - Black Needle Noise    Another Prayer To Lucifer - Nero Bellum    Hope - Azam Ali

07/21-Beach Poets 2019, Loyola Beach, Chicago    07/23-Live Ship Chat from the Arctic, Exploratorium, Pier 15, SF    07/25-Pack the Court Hearing on Muslim Travel Ban Lawsuits, Phillip Burton Federal Building, SF

Building In The Weeds...

Image: The two white clip leads hooked together represents the two primary coils; the open black wire and two yellow leads represents the bottom of the secondary coil going to the gate of the Mosfet...   

One More Tune:
The Collective You - Traumabond

Magnetofunky No. 131 - July 12 2019,    Duration: 31:00

Episode Transcript

Image: The spark gap cap bank - 10-15KV in series, total of 60pf...

"Calling Dr. Funk- I Mean, Frankenstein"

Life As A Grouper - Navid Najafi

Re-Using The Wheel

Image: I re-wired the ignition coil to the circuit in a loop just like the mini Tesla coil build, putting the spark gap with the primary instead of the high voltage secondary...    Image: The boost-buck DC converter I finally picked - CC CV 5-30V Input To 1.25-30V Output, 8A 100W...

Open Mic Stage: Honolulu Kicks...

MANSION CREW 'HOUSE' - Nico Canada    Turkish Morning Club (Instrumental Chant) - The Julian Day

07/17-La Diaspora Festival - Kickoff Showcase, Artillery AG, SF    07/18-Digital Democracy with the World's First Transgender Minister, 1455 Market, 4th Fl, SF    07/20-Spectra 3.0 Hackathon, Make School, SF

Surgery With Wiggle Room...

Image: On Thur. I went to the Berkeley shop and picked up these weird 300pf capacitors...   

One More Tune:
Love and Joy - Ruido Ecuador

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