Spokewheel Convertible Antenna for BCA Systems Aboard Submarines.
Patent, Filed 6 Feb 87, patented 23 Aug 88,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A spokewheel convertible buoyant cable antenna is comprised of a multiplicity of machined metal and molded or extruded plastic components. These parts are designed to be quickly assembled in such a way as to be watertight at all practical depths. They have sufficient tensile strength so as to be towed at reasonable speeds, either on the surface or submerged. The assembly may be disassembled in the field, for repairs. The design also allows it to be easily inserted into a conventional XU-4 type antenna thereby doubling the usefulness of the standard BCA system when this spokewheel capability is needed. The spokewheel version may be quickly converted back to the standard XU-4 version. Patents. rh
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Submarine Engineering