Hand-Held Communicator

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2260's Communicator

The hand-held communicator was a required piece of equipment for all away team members from the 2100’s up to the 2340’s when it was replaced by the Communicator Badge. While several design variations where used during this time the overall look stayed the same. A hand-held unit with a black body a flip up antenna that was gold in color. When not in use the antenna was stored in the down position and acted as a protective cover for the communicators controls.

In the 2250s a variant of the communicator was used that deviated from the standard design by replacing the black casing with one that was see through allowing the user to observe the inner mechanisms of the communicator. A Wrist Commutator was introduced in the 2270s that was in use along side the standard hand-held communicator but never saw wide use and was removed from the fleet inventory by the 2280’s.

Communicator Operations:

When not in use the communicator is in low power mode. Upon receiving an in coming signal the communicator emits a notification tone alerting the user to the signal. Moving the antenna to the open position brings the communicator to full operation mode.

Other than communications the communicator also provides an identification signal. This signal allows for transporter lock along with giving personnel in orbit a way to track individual members of the away team.

Upon receiving an incoming transmission, the signal is picked up via the antenna and routed to the Encryption Unit where the signal is decrypted. If required the signal will be then routed to the Universal Translator Unit for translation into a language known by the user. If translation is not required the signal is routed to the speaker/mic assembly for emission as a spoken message. For any outgoing mission the signal is processed in the reverse order as stated above.


Communicator Components:

Outer Casing:

The outer casing of the hand-held Communicator is composed of Diuranium alloy. The casing is fabricated in two sections from Diuranium alloy sheets that are pressure molded into the upper and lower casing sections. A laser is then used to cut the needed pass troughs for the control surface of the upper casing. A magnatomic adhesion plate is fitted to the matching recess in the lower casing surface.

Antenna:

The flip up antenna is composed a copper mesh with a vertium cortenide core. It is attached to the upper casing via diuranium hinges. These hinges also act as an on off switch. Moving the Antenna into the open position brings the Communicator to full power operation mode. Closeting the antenna returns the Communicator to its low power standby mode.

Control Surface:

ON/Off:

This will allow the user to turn the communicator off or on. During normal field operatons the communicator will be on at all times. When not in active use the communicator will be kept in a low power standby mode. When the communicator is actively being used the communicator will be operating at full power levels. The communicator should only be turned off for storage between away missions or for maintenance.

Chanel Select:

Allows the user to manually chose the frequency that the communicator is transmitting on.

Volume:

This allows the user to increase or decrease the volume the incoming message is emitted as needed or required.

Gain Control:

This allows the user to increase or decrease the antenna gain as needed to improve signal quality.

Emergency Beacon On/Off:

This allows the user to manually activate or deactivate the emergency beacon.

Transporter lock indicator:

While the transporter lock is active this indicator light will glow green. When there is no transporter lock active this indicator light will glow red.

Emergency Beacon indicator:

When the emergency beacon function is active indicator light will glow read. All other times this indicator light will not be illuminated.

Speaker/Mic Assembly:

While most hand-held communicators used by Starfleet utilized a combination speaker/microphone assembly the communicators of the 2150’s made use of a separate speaker microphone setup. By the 2200’s these two separate units had been combined into a single unit that served both functions. The assembly is composed of a sheet of carbon polymer that will vibrate under influence of a magnetic flux coil to produce sound or under the influence of sound waves to convert the spoken the word to a digital signal.

Universal Translator Unit:

The communicator can provide limited translation functions while in the field via the universal Translator unit. Due to storage limitations the unit holds the conversational libraries of 180 different species. The UTU is unable to provide translation of newly discovers languages.

Encryption Unit:

For security reasons all Starfleet transmissions are encrypted and each communicator is equipped with an encryption unit that is responsible for decryption of incoming and outgoing transmissions. The controlling algorithm is changed periodically by Starfleet command. This algorithm can also be changed at the discretion of the Commanding Officer as needed to ensure communication security during an ongoing mission.

Power Supply:

The power supply of for the hand-held communicator is a Sarium power pack. This power pack can be charged while in a communicator if the communicator is placed in a charging dock. The power pack can also be swapped out in the filed if so required.