Chapter 9 – Part 3

I hooked up various cables and made the final waveguide connection. The generator had been puttering along with basically no load for two weeks. I checked the gas. Somebody had recently fueled it. I unpacked the spectrum analyzer and hooked it up, checked the filament voltages and got ready to fire the new magnetron. As I hit the “Transmit” button I heard the generator load increase. Good sign. Twisting a few knobs and switches on the test set, I saw the transmitter spectrum come into focus. It showed the main bang flanked by four RF lobes of descending size. That’s about as good as it gets. I left the unit transmitting and walked off in the direction of Capt. Fiori’s office. I met him coming toward me.

“I heard the generator load down and thought I”d come see how it’s going.”

“Come look at the TS-352. It shows a spectrum that’s as good as it gets.”

“I’ll take your word for it. I wouldn’t knew what I’m looking at. So you say it’s a go??

“It’s a go!”

The operator should be back from his R&R in Bangkok on tomorrows plane. It’ll lay over a day and then I suppose you’re gone.”

“Not till Thursday, I hope. I want to see the movie.”

“Don’t worry, it’ll take ‘em that long to reload it. There’s a bunch of stuff going to Saigon besides your test equipment. They’ll probably leave Thursday morning before it gets too hot.”

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