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Posted: 10/26/2010 3:05:20 AM EDT

I was watching Apocalypse Now on Bluray and wondered what the diagonal wires on the tail boom are.
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 3:07:32 AM EDT
hf/uhf antenna
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 3:11:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2010 3:13:55 AM EDT by twonami]
I noticed them on the ones in the movie but hardly see them anywhere else.
I kinda thought the little wing looking thing above the cockpit was the UHF/VHF antenna
not the forward facing cable cutting thing
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 7:10:10 AM EDT
Yes, the antenna on top of the cabin is most likely UHF. The wire down the tailboom is the HF antenna.
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 8:44:07 AM EDT
yep nailed it HF comm antenna. Kind of useless on a helo. HF is used for long range comm (over the water). UHF and VHF are better for theater ops.
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 5:47:16 PM EDT
Interesting. I have found HF on my helo quite useful. HF-ALE is even better.
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