From: email@example.com (Ed Hahn) Organization: The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Va. Date: 02 Jun 96 16:20:13 References: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1996.823@ohare.Chicago.COM> firstname.lastname@example.org (Chilukuri) writes: > Early aircraft had a taut wire stretching from the vertical tail to the > cockpit area of the fuselage -- was this an antenna too? GA aircraft still have this wire. This is provides the Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) with a "sense" signal. To wit: A modern ADF requires several antennas; a "loop" antenna for direction finding, and one "sense" antenna to resolve 180 degree phasing ambiguity. On GA aircraft (and older, non-transonic transports), the sense antenna is often a long wire stretched from the tail to the forward part of the fuselage. ed -------- Ed Hahn | email@example.com | (703) 883-5988 -------- The above comment reflects the opinions of the author, and does not constitute endorsement or implied warranty by the MITRE Corporation. Really, I wouldn't kid you about a thing like this.