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Old 09-29-2007, 11:20 AM   #16
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Fascinating report, thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:33 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by markbvt
It's a bit weird to think that the computer I'm typing this on has far more processing power than this entire room of equipment did in 1963.
Your cell phone probably has more grunt than that computer did

Do you have the coordinates for the place?
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Old 09-29-2007, 12:17 PM   #18
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I showed the pic's of the radar site to my father. He could not be sure from the amount of damage and decay, but he thinks he visited the site when he was in the Air Force in the late 50's. He was escorting a Major around while waiting to get out on a medical after 3 years. Looks cool though. All the military sites around me are still active (that means you get shot for going around gates).
I enjoyed the pics! Keep them coming, since I am without a mount until Feb.

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Old 09-30-2007, 03:22 AM   #19
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Excellent!

There is something cool in abandoned sites. If someone is interested how it looked from other side of iron curtain:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=240446
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:56 AM   #20
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Damir, thanks for the link! That was fascinating.

MichaelJ, no coordinates, the only GPS I've got is a street one, and I wasn't using it on this trip. Sorry!

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Old 10-01-2007, 10:06 AM   #21
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Very Wicked Thread !!!
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:30 AM   #22
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Thanks for taking the time to document these trips for us. I love this kind of stuff!
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:16 PM   #23
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:28 AM   #24
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Hi everyone.

On Sunday I rode up to the radar base again to see what's changed in the past year. Answer: not much, although one or two of the buildings have been sealed up and a couple other ones have been unsealed, so I was able to get photos inside a few buildings this time that were closed off on my last visit.

As before, I rode my Honda XR650L up to the site. The last 16.5 miles are unpaved (I'm not counting the radar base access road as pavement, since the inclined sections have been eroded into rutted gravel and the flat sections are pretty well covered with sticks, leaves, and moose crap). 7.5 of those miles are maintained dirt road, about 4 miles are semi-maintained logging road, and the remainder is the actual base access road.

We stopped off first at the administrative area. This is the mess hall:


Inside the mess hall:




Some of the siding used to seal off the rec hall had been pulled away, so I was able to get some photos of the interior:




Also, the sole intact quonset hut was now accessible. The interior was not very interesting -- half was covered with hay and had apparently been turned into a barn at some point, the other half looked like this:


The garage was still sealed, but a door in the back had a broken window, through which I was able to get a photo of the interior:


Here's a view of the actual radar installation from near the rec hall:


Proceeding up to the summit, here's a view of the systems building:


And the main tower:


The side door to the main tower, which was open on the previous visit, had been welded shut and reinforced:


But someone had pried away part of the outer elevator door on the other side of the building, so we were able to climb inside through that. This is the lowest level of the tower:


Radar support structure on level 2:



This time we were able to climb onto the top of the tower via a ladder that we hadn't noticed on our last visit. Here's the view:



Looking down at the administrative area:


And finally, here's a roughly-stitched-together 360-degree view from the top of the tower:


We noted with interest that the small wind turbine that had been mounted on the large pole near the solar panel was missing. We later found it smashed on the ground 15 or 20 yards away from the tower. The mount's metal had fatigued, and a gust of wind must have blown the turbine off and sent it crashing to the ground. Two of the propeller blades had broken off on impact, but otherwise it was intact. A sticker near the broken mount read "Made in China."

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Old 05-28-2008, 09:37 AM   #25
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I love this stuff.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:06 PM   #26
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:13 PM   #27
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Hey Mark.

Thanks for the update and the additional pics from the rooftop.
What a view!

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Old 05-29-2008, 02:49 PM   #28
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Man, these are the best posts, Thnaks........like walking through "The Time Machine" by HG Wells.
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:09 PM   #29
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Very cool thread, thanks a lot for your efforts. I love this stuff too.

I have another place in Vermont for you to visit. It's the old compound of Dr. Gerald Bull in N. Troy. In the '60's and '70's he used the site to test artillery pieces in anticipation of making a Super Gun that could fire projectiles into outer space. He was assassinated by the Israelis in 1990 after trying to sell such a gun to Saddam Hussein.

His compound is still there, on North Jay Road. Apparently there is still a building there the size of an aircraft hangar. When I visited in 2005 I wasn't able to find it the actual site, as the directions I had were a little confusing. Looking on Google Earth, you can see the compound to the left of where the road takes the sharp right hand turn (not sure why Google Earth has parts of this area scrambled).



According to a book I have there is a collapsed guard tower right off the road that is the entrance. When the book was written (03-04), there were no signs, but that may have changed since.

Fodder for another trip for someone.
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:29 PM   #30
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Nice pictures! You might want to check out www.uer.ca sometime if you aren't already a member.

As far as the google aerial shot, my guess is that they simply don't have a very good image of it - not that it's scrambled.

edit: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=45.00358,...N%2072.446375W is a somewhat higher quality picture of it, probably a bit older though
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