Part No. 123402
Light Weight Beacon
FSN 5825-G70-6750
s/n 181

Light Weight Beacon


This is a one man back packable Light Weight Beacon.  It includes a transmitter, 50 foot high antenna, and auxiliary parts.  It was intended to be used as a navigational beacon for helicopters.  A standard Non Directional Beacon (NDB) receiver found in most aircraft can be used for homing.
The manufacturer was Tridea Electronics, a subsidiary of McDonnel Aircraft Corp., 1020 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA mfg code # 13190.

Manual Introduction - Pg1Pg2


Light Weight Low Frequencty Beacon
Light Weight Low Frequencty Beacon

Light Weight
                  Low Frequencty Beacon
Light Weight Low Frequencty Beacon

Light Weight
                  Low Frequencty Beacon
Light Weight Low
                  Frequencty Beacon


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W6 - 123480 - Battery Output

This is a 19" long cable that connects to the Transmitter Power Input connector J1.
The connector that mates with J1 is marked Deutsch DM 9702-3S (it has 3 sockets) 1265 - data code Dec. 1965
The other end has 3 small 0.1" dia x 0.275" long banana type pins in a triangle pattern.  The triangle is NOT equilateral, it has sides of: 0.345", 0.345" and 0.25".
The three pins probably plug into a 12 Volt battery.
The J1 Pin assignment seems to be:
1 = -26 Volts - There is a -26 V to +12 Volt Dc to Dc converter in the transmitter.
2 = 12 Volts
3 = Common = the pin that is furthest from the other two on the battery side

W1 - 123485 - External Generator

This is a 14 foot long cable that has the same Deutsch DM 9702-3S on the transmitter end.
On the other end there are 2 standard banana plugs with Red and Black sleeves marked +26 and -26.

W7 - 123445 - Battery Charge from generator

Big alligator clips on one end: Red marked E1 (+ 26 V) and Black marked E2 (-26 V)

W2 - 123420 - Transmitter Output (missing from my set)

The transmitter J2 Amp Control Connector is a Bendix MS 3114E-10-6S (6 sockets) military circular connector.
There are 2 lugs on the outside to engage the mating connector.
The pin assignments are:
A = RF ground
B = Earth Ground
C = low side of DC screw turning motor
D = hi side of DC screw turning motor
E = to J1#3
F = ground (the W2 cable has a jumper from E to F.
The Connector at the base of the antenna tuner is a Bendix PT07A-8-4P (4 pins/plugs)
There are 2 lugs on the outside to engage the mating connector.
The pin assignments are:
A = Wire to the lower end of the Coil
B = Earth Ground (metal plate at bottom of antenna tuner) inside ant tuner called E1
C = Black tuning motor wire called E2 inside tuner
D = Red motor wire called E3 inside tuner
Figure 1-2 in the manual shows W2.  Estimated length of W2 is 2 feet.

Battery Pack - 123413 (missing from my set)

Eight Silver-Zinc sealed wet cells and solid state 0.3 amp. recharging circuit.  Full charge voltage is 16.2 Volts.
Capacity is 4 Amp Hours before recharge is needed.

Base Plate - 123411 - Missing from my set

It is an equilateral triangle maybe 6" on a side.  The angles of 60 deg. are used as a guide when locating the guy stakes.
There is a pin 1.100" in diameter that goes into a recess in the bottom of the antenna loading coil.
The pin should be about 0.2" high since the recess is 0.25 deep.

Screwdriver Antennas for Ham Radio Use

These are different from the Light Weight Beacon in that these use the motor to change the inductance of a coil by shorting or tapping the coil rather than using a movable core as in the above case.
Bandhopper - 3.7 to 30 MHz & 600 Watts
Super Antennas - KW3 - 75 through 10 meters & 2,000 Watts
Stealth Antennas - Stealth-2000 - 6m to 80m in 3 models & 1,000 or 3,000 Watts depending on model
GLA Systems - Texas Twister - 2000 - 80 through 10 meters & 200 Watts
High Sierra Antennas - HS-1500 - 3.5 through 30 MHz + 6 meters & 800 Watts PEP, 400 Watts average
DK3 - Don Johnson W6AAQ - 3.5 - 30 MHz, 1 kW?


Possible patents related to permeability tuned inductors.
2458282 High-power permeability core inductance, George J Maki, Collins Radio Co, 1946-11-16 -
2961657 Mobile antenna structure, Hodges Hato Rey, Fred J Schnell, 1956-07-09 - screwdriver?

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