Oh crap, we forgot to post this on Tuesday! In the jungles of Vietnam, the USAF had to get creative in its efforts to transmit … | Things to Do in Cape May NJ


Oh crap, we forgot to post this on Tuesday!

In the jungles of Vietnam, the USAF had to get creative in its efforts to transmit radio signals on the ground. First deployed in 1970, this 4-inch long T-1151 “Doo” Transmitter was made with a peat moss shell to resemble the feces of a dog or monkey. Because its outward appearance discouraged close examination, the radio transmitter’s signal usually lasted as long as the battery, up to several weeks.

This made it a very effective homing beacon, allowing aircraft to repeatedly pinpoint spots for airstrikes or reconnaissance. It also made it easier for personnel in need of rescue to discretely signal for help, usually via Morse code. The transmitter was so well camouflaged that it could be placed out in the open where other technology could not, and did not allow enemy forces to know which sites had once been used as transmission points.

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