Maser Communicator

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Maser Communicator
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Communications Device
Type Communications Gear
Tech Level TL–8
Cost Cr1,000
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Size Varies
Weight Varies
Manufacturer Various
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A Maser Communicator is a technological device for sending and receiving signals and messages.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Maser is an acronym for "microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation". A maser communicator is an electromagnetic (microwave) communicator in which the energy source is a magnetron whose beam is modulated for voice, video, or data communication over wide information bandwidths.

  • A maser communicator is an Active device.
  • Maser communicators transmit a tight beam signal.
  • A maser communicator is a line of sight device.
    • The transmitter must know the precise position of the receiver in order to conduct communications.
  • Maser communicators receive transmissions via a microwave-sensitive receiving array.
    • Although transmissions can be blocked by intervening terrain such as mountains or stars, masers are far less affected by disruptions such as Sandcaster clouds or weather systems.

History & Background / Dossier[edit]

Maser Communicators are available from TL-8 onwards.

The power of a maser communicator determines its effective broadcast range – the distance to which a signal beam will carry before it is sufficiently degraded to be indistinguishable from natural background noise and static.

  • Small portable maser communicators are available. They are usually equipped with tripods or other stablization gear.
  • Larger maser communicator systems may be fitted aboard vehicles and spacecraft, with effective beam transmission ranges measured in millions or even billions of km.

A maser communicator is limited by realspace physics. The microwave beam that the device produces takes time to reach its target.

  • A beam travels at approximately 300,000 km per second. For example, a microwave communicator attempting to conduct a conversation with a target at a distance of 6 million km will have a signal delay of 20 seconds (20 seconds for the microwave beam to reach the target). Any reply will also take 20 seconds to travel back.

References & Contributors / Sources[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.