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Post by Alien_Ant2 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:53 pm

For a while I'ld been confused about the difference between Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips. All three show up in varying numbers on almost every PCG ship, but the difference between the them was never clearly or accuratly explained to me, thus causing some confusion. I believe there are others for whom the difference is also cloudy, and so I will attempt to give a short and sweet explanation of them, now that I have done some research.

Phaser Banks:
Phaser Banks were used primarily in the 23 century, and were basically a group of phaser emitters grouped together (usually in pairs and occasionally alone) and connected to a shared power source. Each phaser bank had it's own power source independent of the ship's main power source until the 2270s, when they were reformatted to draw their power directly from the ship's main preactor. This allowed for increased power, but had the disadvantage of being disconnected if the main reactor was damaged.

A Phaser Bank: Note the paired emitters.
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Phaser Arrays:
This one was a little trickier to figure out, but I think I've got it. In the 24th century an increased number of phasers were added to ships, which led to the Phaser Arrray. A Phaser Array is basically a long strip strategically placed on a ship. The Phaser energy travels around the strip and converges at the best position for targeting, where it is released. While I do not believe that more than one phaser beam could be fire
from a single Phaser Array, it did have a much wider range of coverage.
Phaser Banks and Phaser Arrays were both put on ships with the
introduction of the Phaser Array set-up in the 24th century.

A Phaser Array: Note how it wraps around almost in a full circle, allowing for almost 360 degree coverage.
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Phaser Strips: Phaser Strips as best as I can tell are simply Phaser Arrays. The name may come from the long strip that comprises the Phaser Array's emitter. Phaser Strips may also be a term used for extra-long Phaser Arrays. Phaser Arrays are also sometimes referred to as Phaser Banks, though this is an incorrect use of the term.
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by Johnnyred on Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:11 pm

Thanks for the explanation! Tbis shall be added to the operations guide.

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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by dino27 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:49 pm

YAY!!!! SOeone finally addressed the whole phaser name issue! Thanks for posting this AA! Any chance on doing a torpedo tube/bay(whatever other names are floating around Razz ) explanation? At any rate, this made great sense and the pictures were very helpful! Thanks for doing this!
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by Alien_Ant2 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:59 pm

No problem everybody (all of two people. Razz ) Glad I could help.

Dino: I think the bay/tube thing is a torpedo tube is just a single tube, where as a bay is a whole room devoted to laucnhing torpedoes, and may have several reloadable bays whereas a tube may or may not be reloadable, but I'll double check the wiki just to be sure
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by dino27 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:25 pm

Thanks for clearing that up AA! Very Happy
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by Alien_Ant2 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:43 pm

No problem! That'll be four Condor fighter squadrons please. Razz
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by dino27 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:48 pm

Well, maybe not Condors. but I might give your PCG NPC a gift of my new, unreleased star fighter class... Wink
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by 777 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:26 pm

Phasers, Shmasers... in the MSI, we just use TURBOLASAHS!! They're bigger, louder, and have better special effects. Very Happy gun lovah I didn't realize that we had such violent smileys...

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Post by Gandalf the Grey on Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:29 pm

Nice! This is good to know, AA! Smile Glad to have it all cleared up
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by Johnnyred on Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:32 pm

Turbolasers? Pweh. I use Shock-Cannons. So much better. Razz

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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by 777 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:41 pm

Shock cannons, like from Star Blazers?

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Post by Johnnyred on Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:00 pm

...You know Star Blazers? Very Happy

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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by 777 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:03 pm

I do now, because I googled "shock cannon" and it came up. Razz

It actually looks kind of interesting. And now I know where your Yamato and Wave Motion Technology is from.

Sorry, I'm not a fellow Star Blazers nerd. I know the feeling...

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Post by Johnnyred on Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:06 pm

Yeah... Oh well, some day I'll find another fan. Razz Shock Cannons are really quite impressive as is Wave Motion Tech.

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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by Flipz on Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:47 pm

We need a random "off-topic PCG" topic to archive all the awesome off-topicness we get to around here. Razz It's on-topic enough it needs to stay with the PCG stuff, but off-topic enough that it's...well...off-topic. Razz

And now to further drag this topic into the off-topicness of oblivion, I want to mention that I've actually seen an episode of Star Blazers, it came on around 1 am on Cartoon Network or a similar channel. It was an episode involving clearing a minefield, that's all I really remember. It was...interesting, to say the least. XD

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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by dino27 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:05 am

Johnnyred wrote:Yeah... Oh well, some day I'll find another fan. Razz Shock Cannons are really quite impressive as is Wave Motion Tech.

I seem to recall someone from my Bible study mentioning it... when that starts up again, I'll ask around and see if I can find that other fan.
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by Lone-Star on Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:10 pm

Thanks so much, AA, for posting this! It is definitely helpful to me and others. Maybe you could post even more tech stuff for us? Very Happy
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Re: Phaser Banks, Phaser Arrays, and Phaser Strips

Post by Alien_Ant2 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:32 am

Uhh, I really don't know what other tech...Facepalm great, thanks for giving me the idea, I have a bad feeling I shall now attempt to give a list and explanation of all the fan-made tech.... Razz
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Post by RandomEncounter on Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:51 pm

Well you should get with Flipz... he gave some amazing tech descriptions on the Lab, which reminds me I need to print those for study purposes Very Happy

Thanks for clearing this up, I had been wondering Razz
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