Wright's Aerials

Aerial Photography - Modern

Designed to be neatly slotted into the top of a scaffold tube, this array has been inelegantly clamped to the side of a 1½inch TV aerial mast. The top bit, the vertical rod, is a whip aerial with a loading coil. The rest of the installation, the part that looks like an aluminium representation of a dandelion seed, is a discone. A discone gets its name because it looks like a disc mounted above a cone, and it is a wideband aerial normally used for the reception of radio amateur and emergency service transmissions. Quite how the discone works I've never understood, but you can be sure of one thing: at the bottom of the downlead will be a spotty nerd chuckling with glee because he can overhear the mundane chat of the local bobbies.

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