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    RNinMunich
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    Nevertheless astromorg, it is clearly listed on the yard drawing as a Navigation Light.
    I had been wondering if you had worked in a shipyardπŸ˜‰
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    Going back to your query RNinMunich, something over thirty years of my life was as an engineer officer in the RN. Half in sea going appointments and the other half spent mainly directing ship support and maintenance. Great times!!

    I spent a bit more time today reading up about DF systems. Loop antenna on Wikipedia was interesting. it seems to me that a simple manual DF loop would be a feasible option for the teardrop; it was certainly that on many varied aircraft at that time (inc the Wellington). Also, thinking about the size of the teardrop, it may be small for a DF loop, but comparing it to the other navigation lights, it's really too small to be one of them! I love chasing all over the net trying to find positive solutions to little mysteries!
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    RNinMunich
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    None at all PeterπŸ€” Ask them!
    All I see is the little so called 'Navigation Horn', as in the listing from Rob.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    I see on the pictures Doug, no loudhailer. but why is there one in
    the kit from VMW part 22a, any ideas.

    Cheers, 😎Peter
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    BTW Rooky,
    Re 'Loudhailer' not shown on drawing-
    Probably because there wasn't one there!😲
    http://www.rafboats.co.uk/gallery/93ff/
    In the 6th pic you can see what looks like a stern light above the pennant number.

    http://www.rafboats.co.uk/gallery/94ff/

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    Well that was a rush of information.

    Very helpful to other projects as well ( such as mine).

    Great stuff.

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    Some very interesting comments about the lights many thanks and especially to robbob for those great drawings, a big help to me and am sure many others.all information is greatly appreciated as am trying to get as near the originals as possible.
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    Hi a..morg, I tend to agree re height above red/greenπŸ‘
    Makes the direction of movement determination easier I guess.
    All ships over 500t today also carry DF, for the VHF IMM band, to determine the direction of distress calls!
    Re crossing paths! Could well be, I got around a bit working with shipyards and navies around the world on integrated comms systems.
    What was / is your connection?
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    Knowing v little about radio waves and antenna construction, I'm happy to accept your line. My assessment was purely on trying to identify the teardrop's purpose and matching its shape to similar units in RAF use. it was usual for ships then - merchant and military - to have a DF system and it just seems logical for a vessel with search and rescue responsibilities to have one!

    Positioning of nav lights was subject to complex rules in the 1950s and still is! One thing, that I don't think has changed, is that the for'd steaming light must be mounted a significant height above the red/greenside lights. The cabin roof would not be enough!

    Interesting that we both have similar lengths of experience associated with similar naval vessels. Maybe we crossed paths sometime gone!!
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    Hi Rob, I wonder why the drawing does not show the loudhailer on the opposite side of the roof to the searchlight.πŸ€”

    Cheers, Peter
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