>>Now, a new question ...can a ship maintain satelite communications when
>>it is listing 30 degrees or the stern is under water?
>>73 Carl KM1H
The answer is without question YES-YES and YES!! I am an active duty US Navy
electronics technician Chief Petty Officer and I can tell you that all of
the shipboard satellite communication systems we use have gyro-stablized
platforms that keep the movement of the antenna platform itself to virtually
zero degrees in the x, y, and z axis. This is why the comms are so
reliable. We only need 10 watts or so of RF out to obtain reliable comms
(except for SHF). The radioman have a habit of "cranking out the power".
They feel that the more, the better. sort of like building that
Mid-life career change--full time student now studying to be a nurse in the
Navy Nurse Corps after 13 1/2 years as an ET.
>Floating satellite beacon(s) get jettisoned automatically to raise an
>alarm through a UHF satellite network (I forget its acronym).
>The discussion has been timely - as of today (1st Feb) the international
>morse requirement for maritime traffic has formally ceased.
>I can't see morse dying out in amateur use, its just too valuable. On
>the other hand, I can't remember an argument in favour of morse
>*testing* which amounted to more than 'I did it, so everyone else
>should'. In today's environment, a much better understanding of EMC will
>be much more powerful when arguing to retain our priveledges.
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