Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

radar tuning

Posted in coast guard, Uncategorized, USCG by bowsprite on 2011/10/03

Pick a new recruit.

“Ok, kid. We have to tune the radar. We’re going to wrap you in this, 360° so we can monitor your movements. Try not to wrinkle it.”

“Don’t wrinkle it! God!”

“No. No good. I think the whole range has to be covered. Come back here on the boat, let’s get the arms too.”
“Yeah, and cover the neckline. We need a higher range here.”

“So, how is it?–Keep walking, but go slower.” “No, no. This is not good. I’m missing the top. Maybe we have to go higher.”
“Ok. Come back on the boat.”

“You can’t do that. He can’t see! How’s he supposed to stay on the dock?”
“Ok. Here. Eyeholes. And I’ll throw in nostril holes too. Boy, kid, this is your lucky day.”
“Ok, go back out there, please. This is taking too long.”

“Good! good! stay there! got it?” (camera taking photos)
“Ok! now move a bit more to the west. Just a few steps—stop! good!… ok! go back, move away from the boat… good!”

Thank you, Capt JJ.

and, this is great (“we need a wheelwash sample…”)

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  1. tugster said, on 2011/10/03 at 22:29

    love the dwgs but isn’t this hazing?

  2. Ross said, on 2011/10/04 at 03:11

    Sounds like they will be needing some relative bearing grease soon.

  3. Mage Bailey said, on 2011/10/04 at 10:13

    I’m laughing my head off. Is this like boxing the compass? LOL

    Thank you for the wonderful, and musical note. I just love it. What a perfect fit.

    • Bmcuscg said, on 2011/10/04 at 10:29

      Only box it if you can first find the relative bearing grease for it

  4. Bonnie K. Frogma said, on 2011/10/11 at 11:03

    These are hysterical. Is this before or after they are sent to find the key to the line locker?

    This never actually happened to me, but I was a drama major in college (mostly backstage stuff, stage management, props, things like that), they would occasionally send some hapless freshman to find the board straightener during a strike. Oddly enough, none of them were able to find this piece of equipment.

  5. Bonnie K. Frogma said, on 2011/10/11 at 11:03

    Oh, PS – I had also meant to ask if you ever saw my “Dazzling Gig for Bowsprite” post earlier this year.

    http://frogma.blogspot.com/2011/07/dazzling-gig-for-bowsprite-and.html

  6. cloudia said, on 2011/10/13 at 15:46

    just moved ashore after 20 years. Your enjoyable posts can keep my ‘sea legs’
    Thanks & Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral

    >

  7. Martin said, on 2012/01/11 at 12:18

    too funny… martin


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