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Re: Belgian Radar-Visual

From: Peregrine Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 21:03:47 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 22:32:37 -0500
Subject: Re: Belgian Radar-Visual

With the compliments of the Duke of Mendoza:

>Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 19:07:57 +0100 (MET)
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Henny van der Pluijm <hvdp@worldonline.nl>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Belgian Radar-Visual

>Duke, here you go:

>>Presumably these speeds were measured by calibrating the radar
>>tapes in some way. The highest speed otherwise recorded was, as
>>previously noted, 690kt [794mph/1278km/h] at 00.32 hrs. Don
>>Ledger remarks that radar traces are meaningless. They sure can

My understanding of the language is that "to miscalibrate" is to
calibrate incorrectly. That is not implied in what I wrote. I merely
suggested a source of & means of calculating the UFO's speed(s).

You then kindly provided a complete record of the radar traces,
which showed that 1010kt was the highest apparent speed of a UFO
recorded on radar. My figure for the top speed was incorrect,
because my information was incomplete.

So how do you read "miscalibration" into this?

I did remark on one Harrier group's problems with radar in the
Falklands action. This was the result of badly TUNED radar, so that
it wasn't picking up what it should have done (especially in
downward-looking mode), which in turn made any calibrations
meaningless and useless, and the inexperience & ineffective training
of that carrier's pilots. Which was merely by way of saying that
what you see occurring on a radar screen is not necessarily what is
actually happening out there in the real world. This is not news to
people who use radar. This is one reason why transponders came into

I hereby apply, with gritted teeth, to have my non-hypothesis
removed from your funny little list. Especially as you still haven't
noticed my deliberate mistake.

Yrs &c
Pigskin D. Maserati
Road Hog

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