On Sat, Apr 10, 1999 at 11:23:16PM -0400, John Warne wrote:
> From: John Warne <warnejw@...>
> Anybody ever seen one of the "sensors mounted on telephone poles?"
Yes I remember seeing them back in that era. It has been a
long time and I can't accurately remember where, but at least at two or
three places in the NE Boston to DC corridor along state highways in the
suburbs of cities.
What I remember was a sort of purplish colored opaque glass bulb
maybe 8-9 inches or tall and 3 inches in diameter with a rounded top
sitting on top of a grey metal box mounted on the top of a telephone
pole with connections to a phone cable. The one I remember most clearly
was pretty obviously mounted high up in the clear on a pole near the top
of a hill. I sort of remember along a semi-rural highway near Pease
AFB in NH , but that level of detail is really noise now...
I do remember having seen a newspaper or magazine article about
the system with a picture of the sensor and realizing that that was what
I was seeing.
I also have the extremely vague memory that as junior high
school or maybe younger kid growing up in a town with a lot of R&D
executives and senior technical people who worked at high tech defense
companies in the 128 area I was taken on a tour with some of my
classmates of a MIT facility (perhaps at Hanscom AFB or Lincoln Labs)
and shown a room with a prototype of a huge map of the US on a big
wooden board mounted on one wall with little colored lights scattered
about on it which I was told were locations of bomb alarm sensors. This
would have been either the very late 50s or early 60s. The map was
about two stories high ...
Dave Emery N1PRE, die@...
DIE Consulting, Weston, Mass.
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