!!0ZviLFh59My 02/23/12(Thu)22:49 No.18075035|
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You climb to around 15,000 feet, then set out on your first search leg as you fiddle with the heater settings. It isn't five minutes before Sean crows with victory.
"Stop yer grinnin and drop your linen," he says excitedly. "I've found 'em."
"Reception is much better up here then inside the hangar," he says. "And now that we're moving... I've got to keep tracking with the D/F loop, so... yeah. Yeah. It's a directional broadcast, all right, coming straight from Calais."
"Yeah, but there's an omnidirectional transmitter somewhere inland..." he muses. "Very strong, too, but extremely low frequency. 40mhz. Or lower. Doubt the Brits have any military sets tuned to that. Picking up something faint on the 20-28 Mhz band, too, same general area. Inland."
"28 megahertz?" you say. "Shit, that won't go past ten miles, man!"
"On the ground, no but we've got altitude," Sean reminds you. "The Afrika Korps was using that band for short-range field communications. The ionosphere is just right the past few years; the signals sometimes bounce off and come down hundreds of miles away. They call it 'skip.' MI-5 was monitoring Afrika Korps field comms that way."
"No shit," you marvel. "Still..."
"Martians," Sean says, and you shut up. All other things equal, the bastards are terrifying and their abilities are poorly-understood. If 28mhz transmissions are known to "skip" then there's a great likelyhood that the Martians have exploited the effect reliably. They can do many things better then humans, but they can't break the known laws of physics.
Most of the time.