etchorner at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 1 22:16:56 PST 2002
Lon D. McPhail wrote:
> Have you any idea what a x-mitter that B-casts 24 miles weighs????
Bzzt! You're an OS1, so I'm sure you know what the AN/WSC-3 is. For the
rest of you, it's a 30W FM/100W AM line-of-sight, and satcom
transceiver (225-400MHZ), a real overengineered navy radio. I don't
have the specs here, but I can pick one out of the rack and carry it to
the bench myself; call it roughly 100 lbs of thirty year old
overengineered crap. I can also speak from personal experience that
100W UHF will get you over 200 miles of communication. HF band xmtrs
will go even farther with only 100w (How far is it to Rio De Janeiro
from San Diego Bay?).
Granted it's an expensive piece of equipment, but mass production of a
radio with all silicon amplifiers and trimmed down (all the unneccessary
BS removed) would cut weight and cost to more acceptable levels.
(Chief Electronics Technician (Surface Warfare Specialist))
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