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Aerial ID Real or not

#2
can't say i recognise it but if you look at the top right of the set is a large black plastic piece (left of the headset) that is the antenna socket.

Nothing appears to be attached to it so i'd say a fake especially as the ebay page claims it's a SF antenna, would you want to carry that on convert ops.
 
#4
I have seen something similar, however the Dog Section used to use it for the dogs to jump through on Garrison fun days. SAS use my arrse. I'm not even convinced its an antenna.
 
#5
Looking in the C & S cat they did make a very similar product.
I would say the item was real.
 
#7
I suspect real, but DF rather than SF. Truth is stranger than fiction, as the monopole antenna proves.
 
#10
^wah hat. Looks balls to me, a fair bit of the energy would be conducted straight down to the floor through the metal legs that are attached straight to the 'antenna' and would probably spin off in random directions. Maybe, probably. Looks cack anyway, and heavy, probably genuine then. Any operator sat next to that, in that arrangement, would probably get toasty RF burns eventually. Guess the set could be further away (like what happens with most setups), but doesn't appear to be any obvious connections.

Looks like it could make a handy towel rail or clothes airer when out in the field.
 
#11
natotattie said:
A 320 does not DF.
True but maybe it was displayed to show scale.
Half the tat dealers don't know what they are selling anyway.
The other half don't care.
 
#12
It looks like an active loop hf recieve antenna that were used by 30 pigs on the 521/522 many moons ago they are normally used in banks of four in a broad or endfire configuration depending on range etc if my memory serves me right. 5 Bde inherrited them in the early 90's with a base station from you know who so the advert is'nt entirely off the mark.
 
#13
I take the DF point onboard, EW tend to have alot of kit that doesnt make its way into the Corps as a whole. But if it were a DF antenna, surely it would have a way of revolving on its base. If you wanted to DF with that thing, you would have to pick it up and move it around with its lets still attached, hardly an ideal way of moving the antenna onto an RF source!!

If it is ex British Army, it should have a plate with the NSN etc etched onto it, maybe someone should ask the seller for the ident information from that.
 
#14
It's a bunch of Arrse. On top of TA_Sig's comments about you losing half the radiation into the ground, the energy draw to radiate from a lump of metal that size would drain the battery of any manpack in seconds.

Can't see how it's going to work as a DF antenna either to be honest. It may be possible with some very clever electronic trickery, but if you had access to that then you'd be using an infinitely more efficient collector, not a stoneage looking lump like this.

B-T (aware that he's just outed himself as a Geek)
 
#15
6ftgstable said:
It looks like an active loop hf recieve antenna that were used by 30 pigs on the 521/522 many moons ago they are normally used in banks of four in a broad or endfire configuration depending on range etc if my memory serves me right. 5 Bde inherrited them in the early 90's with a base station from you know who so the advert is'nt entirely off the mark.
Check your PMs you airborne god.
 
#16
It is an active loop used on 522 (possibly 521, but I never used that kit) and was used by 30 Sigs, although not operationally as I recall till at least 2001.

It is not an SF or EW antenna.

The 321 has no business being in the picture with the loop.

It was used in a groups of 4 in a line, IIRC.

Editted for being a mong.

Was in use up till 2001 at least, but I couldn't be sure of it's last Operational hurrah.
 
#17
boney_m said:
But if it were a DF antenna, surely it would have a way of revolving on its base. If you wanted to DF with that thing, you would have to pick it up and move it around with its lets still attached, hardly an ideal way of moving the antenna onto an RF source!!
Not many modern DF antennas need to rotate to get a DF/PF - they utilise Time Difference Of Arrival and some micro-processors to work out the angle of arrival etc. You only need to rotate the antenna if you are using a Yagi (i.e. just like your house TV aerial) but these tend not to be used much anymore.

BTW I agree with the Active Loop suggestions.
 
#19
Reminds me of walking through a flea market recently and seeing an old hallicrafters radio. Guy selling it insisted that the bloke who previously owned the set had heard the SOS from Titanic on it. I'll give him an A for selling technique if nothing else. :D
 
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