L. M. Lloyd (ubik@austin.rr.com)
Mon, 24 Apr 2000 11:24:01 -0500

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> if they can improve radio signal reception, why not improve radar
> detection?

See, the thing is that radar requires a precise return of energy for
it to be useful. Any fluctuation in the signal, changes the meaning
of the signal. For example, if half the expected energy you sent out
returns, that could mean you hit a very small object, or a large
object moving away from you very quickly, and there is no way to tell
which is the case. A voice communication signal on the other hand,
just picks up more static (or dropouts) as it travels through an
interference source, but its meaning is not changed. To put it
another way, a cloud of minovsky particles might well appear to radar
as a single very large object (thus making it impossible to tell what
else might be contained within that "object"), but that does not
necessarily mean that it would be impossible to communicate via radio
from within that "object." I guess what I am trying to say is that
with radar any interference is read as being an object, but with
communication interference is not read as another word, so you can
still make sense of a garbled voice communication, but you can not
make sense out of a garbled radar image.

> also, does Minovsky particles jam all radio waves or just a certain
> frequecy (those used by radar)?

They are never really specific about what minovsky particles do at
the electromagnetic level, but they obviously don't bend (or
interfere with) light, or the weak forces of subatomic particles,
however there is some intimation that they do affect the force of
gravity in some way. At least I have seen reference to ships like
White Base riding on miovsky cushions. So obviously the have some
very strange and fanciful properties that can only be predicted by
reading ahead in the shows script and figuring out where the next
plot point needs to be explained away.

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