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Antenna Orientation
March 1965 Popular Electronics

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Electronics-themed comics are usually saved for Fridays, but what the hey; maybe you need some humor on Monday this week. They appeared in a 1965 issue of Popular Electronics magazine. At least three of these antenna-based comics required a harder look to determine what was happening and why it is humorous. One of those even requires a little technical insight to "get it." To see my take on the comics, highlight the text below:

1) Ox being used to rotate the radar antenna.

2) Boat's direction finding radio antenna being used to locate lost truck

3) Simple "rabbit ears" antenna amidst a sea of high gain multi-element antennas

4) Tunnel overhead clearance limits 1/4-wave antenna height to ~12 feet (for 21 MHz wavelength)

Antenna Orientation

By Rodrigues

Ox being used to rotate radar antenna - RF CafeBoat's direction finding radio antenna being used to locate lost car - RF Cafe   Simple "rabbit ears" antenna amidst a sea of high gain multielement antennas - RF CafeTunnel overhead clearance limits 1/4-wave antenna height to ~12 feet (21 MHz wavelength) - RF Cafe

 

 

Posted August 14, 2023
(updated from original post on 6/26/2018)


These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines. I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized some).

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