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Bob

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Is it true that you could get shocked badly if you touched the tcs antenna while broadcasting?

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Frank Andruss

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Not a Radio Expert, but I had heard the same thing from one of the PT BOAT VETS who had served as Radio Operator on PT-143. He said with the wet properties of the Ocean, that when transmitting that pole was hot. Now I never heard of anyone getting shocked, but in the book Know your PT BOAT it does say that the antenna is hot and never to touch the antenna.


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Bob

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It seems strange that the antenna on the Higgins is so exposed. They even had a halyard attached to the top of the antenna to raise signal flags. Ive heard that the shock was so bad that it would cause a burn.

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Gary Paulsen

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I'm thinking it was only hot when they were transmitting.
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  Jerry Gilmartin

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I see the "Know Your PT Boat" booklet says not to touch it.

Antenna.- ....On patrol, it is ordinarily best to use maximum height.... Another thing-lookouts take notice-never touch the antenna, especially in damp weather. During a transmission, it is a veritable powerhouse. No transmissions or receptions can be carried out successfully while you are in contact with the antenna. Brace yourself with the hand rails provided and not with the antenna.

I know the antenna can be disconnected with the antenna disconnect knife switch when it is not being used to reduce the risk of lightning blowing up the radio. You can see the disconnect knife switch just to the right of the radio in the photo of PT631 charthouse. Jerry




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