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  • Albert LaFrance
    Apparently the FAA has taken over this AJCC microwave tower on Penn Shop Rd.; note the delivery address for this emergency communications vehicle:
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 29, 2011
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      Apparently the FAA has taken over this AJCC microwave tower on Penn Shop
      Rd.; note the delivery address for this emergency communications vehicle:

      https://faaco.faa.gov/attachments/2_Statement_of_Work_SOW_.pdf



      Also, I have been told that the tower is one of the locations of the FAA's
      Visual Warning System, which uses flashing red and green lasers to warn
      pilots entering the DC area's restricted flight zone:

      http://www.faa.gov/news/news_home/visual_warning/



      I suspect the golf-ball radome installed atop the tower's twin (Site E) at
      Tysons Corner, VA is a radar antenna for that system.



      Albert









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    • Albert LaFrance
      Just looked at the aerial images, and noticed a short self-supporting tower adjacent to the big tower. I m sure it wasn t there prior to the FAA occupancy.
      Message 2 of 6 , Jun 29, 2011
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        Just looked at the aerial images, and noticed a short self-supporting tower
        adjacent to the big tower. I'm sure it wasn't there prior to the FAA
        occupancy. In the Bing images, it appears to have a white "can" of some
        kind on top. I'm curious as to what would require a separate tower when
        there's plenty of room on the original tower; the top deck looks pretty much
        open.



        http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD
        <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD&hl=en&ll=39.
        347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&sspn=31.81141
        9,78.662109&t=h&z=20>
        &hl=en&ll=39.347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&
        sspn=31.811419,78.662109&t=h&z=20

        OR

        http://tinyurl.com/5w5sljj



        http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2
        <http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=34
        2.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=Penn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021
        771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20damascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC>
        &cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=342.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=P
        enn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20d
        amascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC

        OR

        http://tinyurl.com/5suz529



        Albert





        From: Albert LaFrance [mailto:albert.lafrance@...]
        Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:15 AM
        To: 'coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com'
        Subject: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus, MD



        Apparently the FAA has taken over this AJCC microwave tower on Penn Shop
        Rd.; note the delivery address for this emergency communications vehicle:

        https://faaco.faa.gov/attachments/2_Statement_of_Work_SOW_.pdf



        Also, I have been told that the tower is one of the locations of the FAA's
        Visual Warning System, which uses flashing red and green lasers to warn
        pilots entering the DC area's restricted flight zone:

        http://www.faa.gov/news/news_home/visual_warning/



        I suspect the golf-ball radome installed atop the tower's twin (Site E) at
        Tysons Corner, VA is a radar antenna for that system.



        Albert









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      • cryptospec5
        Not sure why a separate tower is needed either and it made me curious and I looked at Lambs knoll and sure enough, same type of white can, not on a separate
        Message 3 of 6 , Jul 2, 2011
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          Not sure why a separate tower is needed either and it made me curious and I looked at Lambs knoll and sure enough, same type of white can, not on a separate tower, but on top of old microwave relay tower.

          --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance" <albert.lafrance@...> wrote:
          >
          > Just looked at the aerial images, and noticed a short self-supporting tower
          > adjacent to the big tower. I'm sure it wasn't there prior to the FAA
          > occupancy. In the Bing images, it appears to have a white "can" of some
          > kind on top. I'm curious as to what would require a separate tower when
          > there's plenty of room on the original tower; the top deck looks pretty much
          > open.
          >
          >
          >
          > http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD
          > <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD&hl=en&ll=39.
          > 347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&sspn=31.81141
          > 9,78.662109&t=h&z=20>
          > &hl=en&ll=39.347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&
          > sspn=31.811419,78.662109&t=h&z=20
          >
          > OR
          >
          > http://tinyurl.com/5w5sljj
          >
          >
          >
          > http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2
          > <http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=34
          > 2.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=Penn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021
          > 771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20damascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC>
          > &cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=342.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=P
          > enn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20d
          > amascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC
          >
          > OR
          >
          > http://tinyurl.com/5suz529
          >
          >
          >
          > Albert
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          > From: Albert LaFrance [mailto:albert.lafrance@...]
          > Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:15 AM
          > To: 'coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com'
          > Subject: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus, MD
          >
          >
          >
          > Apparently the FAA has taken over this AJCC microwave tower on Penn Shop
          > Rd.; note the delivery address for this emergency communications vehicle:
          >
          > https://faaco.faa.gov/attachments/2_Statement_of_Work_SOW_.pdf
          >
          >
          >
          > Also, I have been told that the tower is one of the locations of the FAA's
          > Visual Warning System, which uses flashing red and green lasers to warn
          > pilots entering the DC area's restricted flight zone:
          >
          > http://www.faa.gov/news/news_home/visual_warning/
          >
          >
          >
          > I suspect the golf-ball radome installed atop the tower's twin (Site E) at
          > Tysons Corner, VA is a radar antenna for that system.
          >
          >
          >
          > Albert
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          >
        • Mike Walker
          Any clue what that white can device does? M 2011/7/2 cryptospec5 ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          Message 4 of 6 , Jul 2, 2011
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            Any clue what that white can device does?

            M




            2011/7/2 cryptospec5 <rescue10engine@...>

            > **
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Not sure why a separate tower is needed either and it made me curious and I
            > looked at Lambs knoll and sure enough, same type of white can, not on a
            > separate tower, but on top of old microwave relay tower.
            >
            >
            > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance" <albert.lafrance@...>
            > wrote:
            > >
            > > Just looked at the aerial images, and noticed a short self-supporting
            > tower
            > > adjacent to the big tower. I'm sure it wasn't there prior to the FAA
            > > occupancy. In the Bing images, it appears to have a white "can" of some
            > > kind on top. I'm curious as to what would require a separate tower when
            > > there's plenty of room on the original tower; the top deck looks pretty
            > much
            > > open.
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD
            > > <
            > http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD&hl=en&ll=39.
            > >
            > 347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&sspn=31.81141
            > > 9,78.662109&t=h&z=20>
            > >
            > &hl=en&ll=39.347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&
            > > sspn=31.811419,78.662109&t=h&z=20
            > >
            > > OR
            > >
            > > http://tinyurl.com/5w5sljj
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2
            > > <
            > http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=34
            > >
            > 2.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=Penn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021
            > > 771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20damascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC>
            > >
            > &cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=342.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=P
            > >
            > enn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20d
            > > amascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC
            > >
            > > OR
            > >
            > > http://tinyurl.com/5suz529
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > Albert
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > From: Albert LaFrance [mailto:albert.lafrance@...]
            > > Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:15 AM
            > > To: 'coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com'
            > > Subject: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus, MD
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > Apparently the FAA has taken over this AJCC microwave tower on Penn Shop
            > > Rd.; note the delivery address for this emergency communications vehicle:
            >
            > >
            > > https://faaco.faa.gov/attachments/2_Statement_of_Work_SOW_.pdf
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > Also, I have been told that the tower is one of the locations of the
            > FAA's
            > > Visual Warning System, which uses flashing red and green lasers to warn
            > > pilots entering the DC area's restricted flight zone:
            > >
            > > http://www.faa.gov/news/news_home/visual_warning/
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > I suspect the golf-ball radome installed atop the tower's twin (Site E)
            > at
            > > Tysons Corner, VA is a radar antenna for that system.
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > Albert
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
            > >
            >
            >
            >


            [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          • Albert LaFrance
            I don t know, but it looks somewhat like the radomes I ve seen for steerable microwave antennas, like for ENG links from TV news remote trucks, or
            Message 5 of 6 , Jul 2, 2011
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              I don't know, but it looks somewhat like the radomes I've seen for steerable
              microwave antennas, like for ENG links from TV news remote trucks, or
              ship-satellite communications.

              Albert

              -----Original Message-----
              From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com [mailto:coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com] On
              Behalf Of Mike Walker
              Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2011 5:40 PM
              To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: Re: [coldwarcomms] Re: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus,
              MD

              Any clue what that white can device does?

              M




              2011/7/2 cryptospec5 <rescue10engine@...>

              > **
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > Not sure why a separate tower is needed either and it made me curious and
              I
              > looked at Lambs knoll and sure enough, same type of white can, not on a
              > separate tower, but on top of old microwave relay tower.
              >
              >
              > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance"
              <albert.lafrance@...>
              > wrote:
              > >
              > > Just looked at the aerial images, and noticed a short self-supporting
              > tower
              > > adjacent to the big tower. I'm sure it wasn't there prior to the FAA
              > > occupancy. In the Bing images, it appears to have a white "can" of some
              > > kind on top. I'm curious as to what would require a separate tower when
              > > there's plenty of room on the original tower; the top deck looks pretty
              > much
              > > open.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD
              > > <
              >
              http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD&hl=en&ll=39.
              > >
              >
              347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&sspn=31.81141
              > > 9,78.662109&t=h&z=20>
              > >
              >
              &hl=en&ll=39.347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&
              > > sspn=31.811419,78.662109&t=h&z=20
              > >
              > > OR
              > >
              > > http://tinyurl.com/5w5sljj
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2
              > > <
              >
              http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=34
              > >
              >
              2.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=Penn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021
              > > 771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20damascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC>
              > >
              >
              &cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=342.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=P
              > >
              >
              enn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20d
              > > amascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC
              > >
              > > OR
              > >
              > > http://tinyurl.com/5suz529
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Albert
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > From: Albert LaFrance [mailto:albert.lafrance@...]
              > > Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:15 AM
              > > To: 'coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com'
              > > Subject: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus, MD
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Apparently the FAA has taken over this AJCC microwave tower on Penn Shop
              > > Rd.; note the delivery address for this emergency communications
              vehicle:
              >
              > >
              > > https://faaco.faa.gov/attachments/2_Statement_of_Work_SOW_.pdf
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Also, I have been told that the tower is one of the locations of the
              > FAA's
              > > Visual Warning System, which uses flashing red and green lasers to warn
              > > pilots entering the DC area's restricted flight zone:
              > >
              > > http://www.faa.gov/news/news_home/visual_warning/
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > I suspect the golf-ball radome installed atop the tower's twin (Site E)
              > at
              > > Tysons Corner, VA is a radar antenna for that system.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Albert
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
              > >
              >
              >
              >


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            • Craig Scott
              Yes,  I have seen that type of radome here in the Albany NY area.  Used for ENG ops.  But in this case.....maybe the lasers are in the radome.  Don t see
              Message 6 of 6 , Jul 5, 2011
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                Yes,  I have seen that type of radome here in the Albany NY area.  Used for ENG ops.  But in this case.....maybe the lasers are in the radome.  Don't see any doors on the Bing go-around but maybe the door only opens when the system is activated.
                Craigt
                Watervliet NY 


                ________________________________
                From: Albert LaFrance <albert.lafrance@...>
                To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:00 PM
                Subject: [coldwarcomms] Re: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus, MD

                I don't know, but it looks somewhat like the radomes I've seen for steerable
                microwave antennas, like for ENG links from TV news remote trucks, or
                ship-satellite communications.

                Albert

                -----Original Message-----
                From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com [mailto:coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com] On
                Behalf Of Mike Walker
                Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2011 5:40 PM
                To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [coldwarcomms] Re: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus,
                MD

                Any clue what that white can device does?

                M




                2011/7/2 cryptospec5 <rescue10engine@...>

                > **
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > Not sure why a separate tower is needed either and it made me curious and
                I
                > looked at Lambs knoll and sure enough, same type of white can, not on a
                > separate tower, but on top of old microwave relay tower.
                >
                >
                > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance"
                <albert.lafrance@...>
                > wrote:
                > >
                > > Just looked at the aerial images, and noticed a short self-supporting
                > tower
                > > adjacent to the big tower. I'm sure it wasn't there prior to the FAA
                > > occupancy. In the Bing images, it appears to have a white "can" of some
                > > kind on top. I'm curious as to what would require a separate tower when
                > > there's plenty of room on the original tower; the top deck looks pretty
                > much
                > > open.
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD
                > > <
                >
                http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Penn+Shop+Road,+Green+Valley,+MD&hl=en&ll=39.
                > >
                >
                347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&sspn=31.81141
                > > 9,78.662109&t=h&z=20>
                > >
                >
                &hl=en&ll=39.347066,-77.171315&spn=0.000479,0.0012&sll=37.160317,-95.712891&
                > > sspn=31.811419,78.662109&t=h&z=20
                > >
                > > OR
                > >
                > > http://tinyurl.com/5w5sljj
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2
                > > <
                >
                http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=34
                > >
                >
                2.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=Penn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021
                > > 771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20damascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC>
                > >
                >
                &cp=qjr36c8k2424&lvl=19.537704671285983&dir=342.3506041961564&sty=b&where1=P
                > >
                >
                enn%20Shop%20Rd%2C%20Mount%20Airy%2C%20MD%2021771&q=penn%20shop%20rd.%2C%20d
                > > amascus%2C%20md&form=LMLTCC
                > >
                > > OR
                > >
                > > http://tinyurl.com/5suz529
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Albert
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > From: Albert LaFrance [mailto:albert.lafrance@...]
                > > Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:15 AM
                > > To: 'coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com'
                > > Subject: FAA at former AJCC Site D tower, Damascus, MD
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Apparently the FAA has taken over this AJCC microwave tower on Penn Shop
                > > Rd.; note the delivery address for this emergency communications
                vehicle:
                >
                > >
                > > https://faaco.faa.gov/attachments/2_Statement_of_Work_SOW_.pdf
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Also, I have been told that the tower is one of the locations of the
                > FAA's
                > > Visual Warning System, which uses flashing red and green lasers to warn
                > > pilots entering the DC area's restricted flight zone:
                > >
                > > http://www.faa.gov/news/news_home/visual_warning/
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > I suspect the golf-ball radome installed atop the tower's twin (Site E)
                > at
                > > Tysons Corner, VA is a radar antenna for that system.
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Albert
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                > >
                >

                >


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