TARDIS Technical Index

Interstitial Antenna

(aka Communication Array)

Interstitial Antenna

This spire is located at the very top of the Time Sceptre and is part of the Control Sphere. It handles all Translevel Communications and sensor data collection while travelling in the Vortex. It receives sensor data for the Scanner, Absolute Tesseractulator, Mean Free Path Tracker, and Time Path Indicator. The Translevel Communications System incorporates all of a TARDIS's communications devices, such as the Telepathic Circuits,[/ttv] Voice Integrator, Telepathic Induction Circuits, Emergency Transceiver, audio units and internal communication systems. It is standard procedure for the Artron Mainframe to rout all messages into the interface in the Control Room for the operator to access. Using this system, a TARDIS can receive and translate almost any type of communications. The Translevel Communications System can tap into local communications networks (like phone systems) by using its scanners to map the electrical signals.

Using tracking equipment the TARDIS can even be programmed to follow these signals back to their approximate source. This can be done by first setting all the coordinates in the Space-Time Programmer to zero and using the tracking equipment to upload the new coordinates. Then an Emergency Materialization can be triggered to get a TARDIS to home in on and arrive near the source of a broadcast. This can even be done with the signal form a sonic screwdriver. Precise triangulation of a transmission's origin (down to a few inches) requires an independent second radial from a separate receiver. The TARDIS is also equipped with a box-shaped Wave Tracker that can be plugged into any receiver and the Control Console. Once this is done the TARDIS can generate space-time coordinates for the source of any signal detected by the receiver.

It should be noted that releasing large bursts of Artron Energy into the atmosphere of a G type world can cause atmospheric excitation and create instant snowfall.

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