Telemetry Ship Antenna Alignments

1981 while serving on the USNS Range Sentinel, a telemetry ship that tracked and protected the range from errant missiles launched for testing, one of the tracking antenna calibrations was done with a scope attached to the antenna and an 80 foot tower with a target on it. The problem was that because it required minimal movement of the ship in the water, that while moored at the dock, fishing boats came and went all night long, making the calibration difficult as the boat moved up and down and side to side.

    • Nicholas recognized that these highly sensitive and powerful antenna could lock onto a signal on this tower, cancelling out any movement of the ship from other vessels passing by. What had been a several day (or rather night) process could now be accomplished in one single night and to a much higher degree of accuracy.

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