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Author Topic: Science of the future...  (Read 367 times)
N5LRZ
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« on: August 03, 2009, 10:25:03 AM »

After watching far too many Star trek TNG episodes I began to note that 'Frequency' and 'Modulate' are words that the script writers loved to use: modulate the shields, modulate the phaser frequency to..., modulate the frequency of the deflector array, etc etc.

Makes ya wonder if those writers had an amateur radio background?

ALSO I noted that the Enterprise never ever returned to earth for FUEL....  Wish my pickup truck was that way.
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W3LK
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 11:31:12 AM »

One definition of modulate is to change something from one state/condition to another. The uses of the word on Star Trek are all legitimate. Incidentally the word originated in the 16th century.

As for fuel, properly adjusted, a dilithium crystal-powered engine does not need to be "refueled" more often than every fifty years or so.

How often are nuke subs refueled? The data for US subs is generally considered classified, but French nuke boats are rated for 30 years between refueling.

The future is now!

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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K0BT
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2009, 11:47:36 AM »

The writers probably thought the words sounded high-tech and futuristic.  Clarke's third law is that any advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  I kind of feel that way about quarks, leptons, and Higgs bosons.

The Enterprise didn't return to Earth because they couldn't find dilithium here.  They did search the universe for dilithium crystals though, at least until Spock figured out how to synthesize dilithium in "The Voyage Home".  The search provided a reason to beam down and get into fistfights with aliens.  

I always wanted to have a ham shack that looked like the bridge of the original Enterprise.  So many flashing lights....  ;-)
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WB5JEO
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2009, 03:36:27 PM »

This guy did the whole apartment.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6d2_1207690975

Stills here:

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/the-star-trek-apartment.html

The 5th image down, the Science module, would make a nice operating position, if you could afford the giant touch screen.
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