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Taking A Ride516 viewsAfter Antenna #2 was cleaned and lubed, it was used to carry traffic for Antenna #1 while it was cleaned. Then it was moved to the East, to track the 307° Satellite in place of Antenna #3 while it was cleaned up.

John Bartman and Shane Edmonston on the middle platform observing the movement while Antenna #2 is swung around to the East.

Highlights513 viewsThe morning Sun was breaking through some clouds and highlighted the distant mountains. Wonderful mix of colors and geology in the desert.
Taken at Dumont Dunes near Death Vallet 3/27/06.
Too Close To Home513 viewsSaturday Evening, 9:07 PM, the Fire races up Brown Mountain. It was very intense. Those of us who stayed Despite Mandatory Evacuation Orders stood and watched.
513 viewsL-R Dan Redmond, Zach White and George Cardenas programming the 300A Modems.
Full Rainbow512 views
Dumont Moon511 viewsThe Full Moon was rising over the Sand Dunes. Temperatures were in the 70's with a moderate Northerly Wind. You can see the sand blowing off of the tops of the Dunes.
Skeleton508 viewsLarge birds had access to the RF Rooms via the Feed Tubes for quite some time. The rooms were littered with their droppings, as well as the carcasses and skeletons of their prey.

After the RF Room was cleaned, the Feed Tube was sealed to keep the birds out.

501 viewsJohn Bartman keeps a watchful eye on all the activities.
496 viewsAnd very friendly too.
This one seemed to enjoy having his picture taken.
486 viewsI was trying to re-create a photo that I have of my Father, Bob Westphal, in front of the nose of a B-17 in Europe during WWII. He was a Tech Sargent and repaired the radios in the planes. I hope to scan an image of that photo and place it here soon.
All Together Now484 viewsTaken 1/23/06
Strong winds buffeted Southern California last night and this morning causing wide spread damage. Fallen trees, downed power lines, etc. Sustained winds at my station were 30 mph with gusts as high as 42 mph. Combined with extremely low humidity, these conditions have prompted a Red Flag Fire Alert. These palm trees were all leaning to the South as the winds roared out of the North.

Malealuca484 viewsLooks like it's related to the Bottle Brush plant. Beautiful purple bloom. Take at San Clement State Beach Campground.
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