[ Post a Response | The SteelNavy.Com Message Board ]
Re: Radar question
Posted by Dave Baker on August 7, 2018, 8:54:26, in reply to "Radar question
A powerful radar can cook you nicely, and what are effectively small radars with protective covers, microwave ovens, are warming up frozen dinners all over the planet.
That said, I remember when, on a rare occasion, the AN;/SPS-8 height finding radar on my ship was operating while we were on station north of Cuba in the mid-1960s. Alas, a flock of migrating indigo buntings had been roosting on the antenna, and their little corpses were found littering the top of the aerology shack where the antenna was mounted. We had a regular safety routine wherein, if someone had to go up one of our two masts, any and all radars and other emitters were secured; nonetheless, one of the radarmen did get briefly irradiated by the SPS-10 surface search radar but got down quickly enough that he was not injured, although he was quite shaken by the experience, f
During my time in the Navy we were always told to stand clear of any radar that was functioning because it put out radio waves that could ruin your chance for children later in life. The question I have is on the Independence class light carriers the SK radar mounted between the stacks seems pretty low so it could apparently send these waves over the flight deck when running. Are there any accounts as to the crews of these carriers being affected by the low mounted radar? I know... stupid question but I was just curious. Thanks.
SteelNavy.Com Home Page