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Bill Cheb

This page shows some of the different types of plasma tubes or sometimes called Rife Tubes, that we manufacture. Plasma tubes are used with a wide variety of electronic devices including, but not limited to, Rife technology systems and devices These are tubes which have been developed with a view to providing a variety of choice to experimenters and users of this technology. They are experimental, as is the assortment of equipment and systems with which these tubes are used. Along with each picture is a short description of the tube with some specific comments. Anyone wanting further and/or detailed information about the tubes shown, or who may have a particular tube design in mind, are invited to call or e-mail me.

Currently our catalog is being updated. Please contact me for updated info. Please feel free to call or email for pricing.

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Bill Cheb

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Due to many inquiries, we have recently developed a straight Plasma Tube designed to work with the GB4000 / MOPA combination Rife system.

The tube measures about 2in. in dia. and is 18in. long, and of course, is fabricated from Pyrex. It has been fully tested with the MOPA amplifier and works extremely well. It's priced at $295. The metal collars you see in the picture below are $35/set, or you can make your own from thin sheet metal.

Plasma Tubes Currently Available For Use With the SSQ/PA 3 & SPA4/5 Amplifiers, and theRife/Bare, EMEM 3 and Similar Systems

  The '39 Phanotron tube is a duplicate (with the exception of the end caps) of the Phanotron tube that came with the original 1939 Beam Ray Machine. The tube is made from Pyrex and filled with Helium. The tube is pictured below.




'39 Phanotron tube shown energized.


Along with the standard Phanotron tube displayed on the first page of this web site, the tubes shown and described below are available for sale for use with Rife and related systems. Anyone wanting information about or on the use of any of these tubes are invited to contact me.

The Phanotron tube shown just below is somewhat unique in that it has 3 electrodes instead of the usual 2 electrodes. This tube is a custom order tube that we fabricated to satisfy a researcher's unique requirements. The addition of a third electrode opens the possibility of doing some rather unique things, such as applying a modulation frequency directly to the tube. Other possibilities are limited only by your imiganation.


The group of plasma tubes described below are designed and built to be used with the Hartwell SSQ/PA3, SPA4 & 5, or similar type of RF system.

SSQ-UPT. This is our most recent development of plasma tubes designed to be used with Ralph Hartwell's SSQ series of RF power amplifiers. There has been a call for a plasma tube that is suitable for use with portable systems, and this tube is the answer. And the tube does this job very well. The tube is a 1 in. dia. by 24 in. long tube, bent into a U shape. It is fabricated from Pyrex, and of course contains a getter, to remove any residual impurities in the tube. Like all other tubes in this series, it lights very easily with very low power levels, and once lit, is very stable. Extensive tests were done before we made the tube available, including running the tube at about 600 watts for several minutes. The tube survived nicely, and so did Ralph. Here are a couple of pictures below.

The SSQ-UPT energized in a working system. This system was designed and built to fit under an aircraft seat.


SSQ-PT. This is a 1 in. dia. by 16 in. long Pyrex straight tube that is designed for use with Ralph Hartwell's SSQ-2F Rife Beam-Ray controller board. The tube is designed to be driven directly from the board using the specially designed Matching System which eliminates the requirement for an antenna tuner. This tube can also be driven/energized from an RF power amplifier. The tube is very easy to light and is very stable once lit. Ralph has done very extensive testing on this tube with his system to ensure the tube is reliable under all conditions. We have called it the SSQ-PT. You can see a picture of the tube below. To order this tube or for further info, please feel free to CONTACT us.

SSQ-PT Plasma Tube in an energized state

SSQ-ST. This is the second plasma tube we've developed for use with Ralph Hartwell's SSQ-2F Rife Beam-Ray controller board. This is a specialized variation of our well known SuperTube. The tube is almost 2 inches in dia. and is 20 inches long. It holds about 6 times the gas volume compared to the SSQ-PT tube. This means that you can drive it with 'lottsa-watts'...typically in the 200-300 watt range. This tube is proving to be a real work horse. After an initial burn-in period of about an hour or so, the tube is very stable and lights very easily using the 'E' style electrodes shown on the Spectrotek Products page. To order this tube or for further info, please CONTACT me. Pictures of the tube are shown below.

SSQ-ST Plasma Tube shown un-energized

SSQ-ST Plasma Tube shown energized

SSQ-BAT This tube is the largest in the straight plasma tube series for use with the SSQ-2F/PA1/PA2 or similar systems. This tube is BIG. It measures 3 in. in dia. and is 31 in. long. The SSQ-BAT is designed to be used at the max power output (600 watts) of Ralph Hartwell's Beam-Ray SSQ-2F plasma tube driver system. It can also be used quite comfortably at lower power levels in the 200-300 watt range. This tube can kick some serious butt. At high power levels, some users have reported that they've 'never felt anything like it'. Pictures of the tube are shown below.

SSQ-BAT Plasma Tube shown un-energized

SSQ-BAT Plasma Tube shown energized


A slight note of caution when using a straight tube like the SSQ-BAT that require external collars. It is best to have a couple layers of fiberglass cloth (or other heat resistant material) between the tube and the collars. This is to prevent the chance of the metal collars from scratching the glass, which if scratched, could create a weak spot on the tube. If a weak spot exists, there is a high risk of the tube cracking at the scratch, particularly if the scratch is a deep one. This most likely will happen if the tube gets particularly hot due to high power operation. The other important thing to keep in mind is not to have the collars clamped too tightly against the tube. Very slightly snug is all that's needed. This is also intended to minimize any chance of the tube cracking due to the unequal rates of expansion of the metal collars and the glass wall of the tube, when things get hot. This also applies to the other straight type of plasma tubes we make.

We have developed a modified 8 in. Phanotron tube that is designed to work with devices like the SSQ-2F/PA3. SPA4 & 5, or with similar radio frequency (RF) systems.

The tube shown below is the modified version of the 8 in. Phanotron tube. It has been designed to work with RF (radio frequency) amplifiers. This tube is virtually the same as our normal 8in. Phanotron tube except that the internal electrodes are about 7 inches apart. As a matter of interest, this tube also works very well with the Rife/Bare (R/B) systems as well as the typical high voltage EMEM 3 devices. More recently, a slightly modified version of this 8in. Phanotron tube is being used very sucessfully with Ralph Hartwell's low cost 3.1 MHz Beam-Ray SSQ-2F system. You can see the tube in 'action' at Ralph's website. To order the 8in. Phanotron tube or for further info, please CONTACT me.

8in. Wide Electrode Phanotron tube shown energized

8 inch Wide Electrode Phanotron tube

In collaboration with Jim Bare, we have very recently developed a high pressure straight Quartz tube that's specially designed to work with his newest
R/B system. The tube measures 1 inch in dia. and is 18 inches long, and is filled with a gas mix of Argon, Neon and Helium. Initial tests indicate that this tube packs an incredible punch and is very effective...we're actually quite excited about the potential of this tube. It has been run up to 400 watts with no adverse effects to the tube. Needless to say, the tube gets very very hot at these power levels. You can see this new Quartz tube pictured below. It is being energized from just a set of copper collars.


Here is an Argon filled Pyrex bubble tube shown energized. Note the external copper sleeves to which the leads from the antenna tuner are attached.






Above, is the same size bubble tube made in Quartz glass. Note the blue/purple color outlining the outside edges of the glass. This is due to the ability of Quartz to transmit and pass all wavelengths of light. Many users consider this feature to be a major advantage in terms of the effectiveness of the effects generated. As well, this tube generates very noticeable amounts of Ozone, particularly the H-gas version, which is considered to be a major plus by those into Ozone therapy.


Below, is the Pyrex tube shown with the antenna tuner. The main advantage of using the copper sleeves is that they can be easily moved back and forth along the straight tube portion for easiest lighting. SWR's can also be slightly optimized by repositioning the sleeves.




This is a close up view of one of the copper collars that is used to deliver the energy to the plasma tube. Note the clear plastic shield on the flat braided cable attached to the collar.



Here we have an Argon filled Pyrex "straight" tube (shown energized), bent 180 degrees to form a U shape. This allows for best space conservation. Note the use of copper sleeves for external electrodes to which the leads from the antenna tuner are attached. The sleeves are clamped to a board which then allows the tube to slide back and forth to allow for easiest lighting. The tube is bent in such a way so that the glass wall thickness of the tube at the bend does not thin out but retains the same wall thickness as the rest of the tube.



This is a detailed view of the copper sleeves used with the U-tube. The sleeves are clamped to a board and the leads from the tuner are attached, one to each clamp. If the user prefers, the tubes can be externally wire wrapped with equally good results.

The tube gets pretty "hot under the collar", so to speak, and I suspect that the softer, less durable glasses used by most neon shops would fail fairly quickly.




Below, are two sizes of straight tubes that are the most common plasma tubes used with Rife/Bare systems. The first picture is a 27 inch Pyrex tube that utilizes an external wire wrap to energize it, which can easily be seen along the length of the tube. The second photo is an 18 inch long Quartz straight tube that is energized by using a set of external copper collars as electrodes.




Latest Developments

As most users of this technology know, a major problem exhibited by the various types of plasma tubes is the sometimes unpredictable instability, behavior and color change of the energized plasma in a plasma tube of whatever type and make. This can result in unreliable and unpredictable operating conditions which makes it very hard for users to get consistent performance.

After having worked with the engineers at Corning Glass for several months, the cause of these problems have been identified as moisture in the form as a hydroxyl (OH) contaminating the inside of the tube. All glass types and formulations contain this moisture which is normally locked within the molecular structure of the glass itself. However, the action of an energized plasma can cause the release of this moisture from within the glass to the inside, thereby creating the plasma instability problems. The only notable exception to this is Quartz, which is pure silica and as such, does not contain any moisture within it.

To solve the problem of this moisture contamination, I've introduced the optional addition of a "getter" to the inside of my Pyrex plasma tubes. Basically, a getter is a specially processed combination of several rare earths whose job it is to permanently absorb any impurities and contaminants from within a vacuum vessel, such as a plasma tube, thereby assuring a permanently ultra clean environment within the tube. The other big advantage of using a getter in a plasma tube is the absorption of any residual air after vacuum pumping. No vacuum pumping system is 100% perfect, and the getter removes that small trace amount of air that the vacuum pump did not get. It should be mentioned here that the Noble gasses (Argon, Neon, Helium etc.) are not affected or absorbed by the getter.

Getters are also commonly used in very high quality industrial vacuum tubes such as high power lasers, X-ray tubes, image intensifier tubes, etc. Once the getter is activated, it remains so....to be always on the job, so to speak.

The photo below shows a getter button (actual size) mounted on a glass rod in an energized 1 inch Argon filled Pyrex tube.



Recent additions to the plasma tubes for use with Rife systems are what I call the "Super Tube". This tube was developed jointly by Jim Bare and myself, and after extensive testing Jim has determined that the Super Tube is one of the most powerful in terms of generating effects, particularly if the tube is pulsed.

It is a 24 inch long straight tube that's 2 inches in diameter....much larger than what's been available to date. The tube normally comes filled with an Argon/Neon gas mix The tube is very easy to light and has a very stable plasma. You do need to run this tube with at least 150 watts...more is better.

The other version is the same size tube which has normal 100% Argon in it. This tube is also very easy to light and very stable and runs very nicely at the lower power levels...in the 90 watt range. The color of the plasma is the typical Mauve of Argon.

The Super Tube photo below is shown in an energized state.


Next we have a Super U-tube. Essentially, this is a straight 27 inch tube that is bent in the shape of a "U". The diameter is 2 inches. This tube is proving to work extremely well with average powered Rife systems of 100 to 200 watts. This tube lights extremely easily and is very stable....more so than the straight version and offers the same advantages as the straight versions of the Super Tube. You also have the big advantage of the space saving features of the U configuration.



One of the new tubes in our SuperTube lineup is a recently developed Pyrex SuperTube for use with high voltage systems like the EMEM 3 or similar. This tube is essentially the same size as our original SuperTube except that it comes with internal electrodes to which you can attach your high voltage lead-in wires. This tube is shown below in the energized and unenergized state.




And again due to serious interest, we have developed yet another SuperTube. This tube has only one internal electrode at one end. The idea here is to have this tube used with one of the several hand held plasma tube devices currently available. And I think it should do a pretty good job due to it's size and the coverage it can provide. The tube is pictured below.




Now that we've started to get into the big tubes, presented below is a special order design that measures 40 inches end to end and has a special tapered shape with a 3 inch ball in the center. the taper is intended to concentrate the plasma beam. The tube is shown below. It is designed to be energized by using 2 inch dia. copper collars that fit over the "protrusions" at each end. Don't have a name for it yet, so if anyone has any suggestions, please pass them along...maybe I should run a naming contest. Some have called it the "Bow Tie" tube.

This tube measures 40 inches end to end and is filled with Argon. Note the pen below the tube for size comparison.

Now that we're on the topic of big tubes, here's one for the books. This tube was made for a special order for a client in Europe. It measures 48 inches long and is 4 inches in diameter...pretty big even by our standards...I'm sure glad I don't have to pay the shipping on this one! The tube is fabricated from Pyrex glass. It comes with two internal electrodes to allow easy energizing of the tube and is filled with an Argon/Neon gas mix. See the pictures below.

Above is the 4in. x 48in. straight plasma tube. Note the yard stick for size compairson.

Here we have this tube energized.

This last picture shows an end on view with the tube energized.

This next tube is a Double Bubble tube. It can be fabricated from Pyrex or Quartz and with or without internal electrodes, depending on the use. The tube is shown below. The idea behind the bubble or bubbles in a plasma tube is that the extra volume of energized gas will create effects of greater intensity over greater distances compared to a straight tube of similar length without a bubble or bubbles. Some have dubbed this tube the "Boob Tube".....not too sure why. As with most other tubes we make, this tube can be filled with our normal Neon gas mix, Argon/Neon gas mix, or a variety of other gasses or gas mixes.

The bubbles in this tube measure 3 x 5 inches, and the tube has an overall length of 18 inches.

This picture shows the DB tube in an energized state.

Below, is a Quartz only Mini tube, just 7 inches long. It was developed to be used with a modified CB unit only....modified meaning that the CB is adjusted to have it's output power level increased to about 10 to 15 watts. And it works very well in this situation. This allows one to put together an "economy" Rife system that does not require the use of expensive antenna tuners and linear amplifiers. The normal fill is a mix of Helium & Neon.

As it turns out, it also works great with a standard Rife system having typical power output levels of 50 watts or better. As a matter of fact, it has extremely low SWR's (in the range of 1.1) in all frequency ranges, is very stable, and always lights very easily. Being made from Quartz, this tube lets users get into Quartz tubes at a fairly low cost. See the photo following.


A number of recent inquires about a Quartz mini tube for use with high voltage systems like the EMEM 3 has promped us to develop one, and here it is. Shown below in an energized and unenergized state. This tube has internal electrodes and wires attached to each electrode to which you can make your connections.



The next three tubes shown below are tubes that were developed and made on special request to suit the experimental and operational needs of the users. They are variations of the Phanotron tube which was the tube type that Rife used in his experiments It should be said here that the Phanotron tube can be used with either the Rife/Bare type of RF device or with an EMEM 3 or similar type of high voltage system.

This first tube is a hand held Phanotron. It was developed to be used with either a Rife/Bare or an EMEM system. The idea of this tube is to be able to get very close to the body and work on very specific areas as well as using it to activate specific acupuncture points to accelerate the body's own healing response as well as clearing the body's energy field in specific areas. And from recently received feedback, this tube is proving to be very, very successful in these areas.

 The photo below shows the hand held Phanotron tube. This has the advantage of allowing the user to direct the energy from the tube with great precision. Some users have mounted this type of tube on an adjustable arm, similar to that used on a typical drafting lamp. This tube is also now being used with MWO (Multi Wave Oscillator) devices with very good success. One such system is made by Inventive Products.


The second P-tube (below) is patterned after one of the largest original Phanotron tubes that was ever used with a Rife system, to the best of my knowledge. It measures a full 16 inches end to end with a very large 8 inch ball in the center. It's filled with Helium, which is the gas Rife mainly used, according to the best available knowledge. The tube can handle power levels in the 150 to 200 watt range. The 8in. Phanotron tube (or variation) is proving to be a very versatile tube in finding use in a wide variety of equipment and applications.

Dr. Anthony Holland has been using this tube in his extensive research into destroying micro organisms. He has had some amazing successes. You can see further info, pics and videos on his
Research Site. Anthony's NovoBiotronics site is really worth a visit, if for no other reason, to see how well it's done.

 8 inch Phanotron tube shown energized. 

The pair of Hand Held plasma tubes shown below were developed for use with devices like the BCX Ultra or Photon Sound Beam type of machines. The tubes are 1 inch in diameter and 6 inches long. This makes the tubes very easy and comfortable to hold on to and/or to move them around the body. The super flexible high voltage cable attached to the tubes allows very easy and unemcumbered manipulation of the tubes.

One of the things that makes our hand held plasma tubes unique is that we incorporate a very special mineral in the handles that intensifies the energy from these tubes....and don't ask me what it is.

The Hand Held tubes are priced at $295 for a pair. Because these tubes are so popular, we normally have them in stock, ready to go.

This next tube has been billed as the "largest Rife/Bare Plasma Tube in the known Universe". It was inspired by Monroe of HOUSTON, TEXAS and therefore has been dubbed the TEXAS TUBE. It measures 6 inches in diameter and is 3 feet long! It comes with a set of specially fabricated internal electrodes and is filled with Argon. The tube is designed so that it can be used with either an R/B system or an EMEM device. It is designed to handle lots-a-watts. It's been tested to the 750 watt level.
Ralph Hartwell has been conducting extensive engineering and operational tests on the tube and you can read the results and see some fabulous pictures at his web site by clicking HERE. Below are three photos of this tube.

The TEXAS TUBE sitting in it's holder. The plastic screen mesh is to protect the tube and to make handling it easier.


Here is the TEXAS TUBE shown energized.



This is a close-up view of the getter assembly in the tube



This next group of plasma tubes are designed to be used with the various systems out there that use hand held tubes to deliver the desired energy or frequencies to the subject.

Typical examples of devices with which these tubes can be used are the BioTech 2000 and the Photon Sound Beam units as well as others using the same approach.

The pair of tubes pictured below fall in the hand held category These tubes are fabricated from Pyrex glass, which I believe is far superior to other tubes which are made from leaded glass. The reason being is that the high lead content of leaded glass tubes actually act to shield or prevent some of the energy from the plasma getting thru the glass and therefore to the subject, since we must remember that lead is a metal and metals have the property of shielding or blocking electromagnetic radiation. The other main advantage of Pyrex is its high mechanical strength and can therefore take much heavier use and abuse. The other unique and important aspect of these tubes is that there is a special mineral incorporated into the tubes that greatly intensifies or amplifies the magnetic field created by the energized plasma. And it is that magnetic field which contributes significantly to the effects generated by the tube. As well, the lead in wires are rated for very high voltage which insures that ALL the energy from your device will reach the tube and not be reduced due to cheaper, poorly rated wiring The wires are super ultra flexible and will not cause your instrument to be pulled about as you move the tubes. The wires are 6 feet long.

 These tubes normally come filled with a Helium/Neon mix.



The picture above shows two variations of the hand held tubes available for use with the BioTech 2000, the Photon Sound Beam and other similar kinds of instruments..

The bulb pictured below is specifically made for the Molecular Enhancer and similar devices. It is 6 inches in diameter and is normally filled with a 50/50 Helium/Neon mix. Other gases are available on request. These bulbs are made from Pyrex and are very solid and very sturdy. The 6 ft. long pearl colored lead-in cable is rated for very high voltages and is extremely flexable. As with the other hand held tubes we make, we consider the quality and electrical ratings of the connection cable to be extremely important. The other unique aspect of this plasma tube is that we incorporate a special mineral in the handle to enhance the effects of the tube. The Molecular Enhancer bulb is priced at $295. Please
contact me if you wish further details.

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For a list and description of some of the sources and manufacturers of the various Rife types of equipment, check out my LINKS PAGE.

Notes Regarding Payments & Shipping

Payments; I have had to drop the merchant charge card services recently because the merchant fees have gone thru the roof. Consequently, I can no longer take charge cards as a method of payment. Payment can be made through PayPal (preferred), or by postal or bank money order, Bank transfer of funds, Western Union Money Transfer, or by check....or if you want to send me a bag of gold, that works too!?? If paying through PayPal, let me know what email address you have registered with PayPal and then I will send you a detailed invoice. The invoice will have a payment link you can click on to make your payment. Before I can send an invoice, I do need your complete ship to address so the shipping costs can be calculated. Also, please make sure that all the information in your PayPal account is correct and up to date. PayPal is very fussy about this for security reasons, and if your info is not accurate, then the transaction will likely be delayed. And finally, I do add an additional 2% of the total to help cover PayPal's transaction fees.

Shipping; We do ship world wide and normally ship through the post office (Canada Post) by tracked parcel. Delivery to the USA typically takes 4-7 business days, depending on your exact location. Delivery can be delayed by a few days if there is a backlog going through customs. Shipping delays caused by customs clearance also applies to other parts of the world. Delivery to Europe usually takes 7-10 business days, again, depending on where you are located. Delivery to Australia, New Zealand, and Asia will take about 10-14 days. When your tube or tubes are shipped, you will receive an email notice of shipping from Canada Post with the tracking number. I should mention here that tracked postal delivery is not available to some countries.

Delivery by private carriers like FedEx and DHL is also available if you want to use faster delivery services, at a higher cost, of course. Some people prefer to use their own delivery methods through a carrier with which they have an account. This is fine. You will just need to tell me how you want to proceed.

 And now, for a slight change of pace, here are a couple of other very fine examples of the Glassblower's craft. 



Stay tuned, more to come soon.


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