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Welcome to the Online Air Defense Radar Museum. We hope you enjoy your visit, and that we have contributed a little something in the name of those who served.  Gene.

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2009

08/30/2009 00:00:00

Name: tom condra
Email: ardnoc AT aol.com

looking for anyone stationed 784th ac&w sqd snow mtn ky from 1956 thru 1960.........please advise


thanks


08/28/2009 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Swanson
Email: jls4-1 AT juno.com

John Tianen, I was at the 799th in Joelton TN. and we have a reunion group (next reunion is 18-20 Sept) Recently one of our group who still lives in the area(Anthony Troyani) noticed that the city of Nashville was turning the former home of a boys school on the site into a city park(no mention was made of the fact that the 799th was ever there) to make a brief story Tony contacted several people and now they are going to erect a plack marker on the site in honor of the cold war warriors that served there complete with our sight emblem. We are supposed to see the plaque at our banquet on the 18th of Sept. Possibly others that live near these abandoned sites could make some contacts so the A.C.& W. sites will not be forgotten. Anyone that we may have missed that was at the 799th please contact me, so you can be included. We have a great time reminicing and catching up.


08/26/2009 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: hq AT radomes.org

There is indeed an email problem somewhere at this end. Not sure what at the moment, but most emails are not getting to us. I've submitted a trouble ticket to our hosting service, but so far nothing has come of it. Please bear with us if it seems that we're not responding to you. -- Gene


08/26/2009 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

I was browsing through my Arizona edition of the AAA magazine and came across an article about the astronomical observatory that now occupies the site of the former Mt. Lemmon AFS. As memory fades about the use of these old radar sites, writers describe them in sometimes strange ways. The astronomical observatory is described as "camped among a defunct missle radar facility and other artifacts of a long-thawed cold war." Missle radar facility??? I wonder where the writer got his information?


08/24/2009 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: hq AT radomes.org

Phil Harrison - and others who may have photos, documents, etc - We're always looking for items for the various radar sites. If you can scan them, you can email to me at hq@radomes.org. We're much more interested in photos of the sites themselves, more than "people" photos. First person accounts of life on your station(s) are always welcome. Please do scan them and send them. If they're appropriate for our use, they'll be on the web site.

... and I'm no relation to Tracy.

Thanks in advance....Gene


08/24/2009 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

Gene:

You need to check at your end and see if there's something wrong with your e-mail system / server. Over the last several days, every note I've sent to you has come back "delayed" or "undeliverable." I don't know if anyone else is having this problem. I attempted to notify you of this problem by e-mail, but .......... So, I had to resort to this medium to contact you. Well, okay, I could call you on the telephone, but the "Guestbook" method is easier. Anyway, let me (us) know what the problem is. Thanks.


08/23/2009 00:00:00

Name: Tom Turner
Email: tomturnermo AT semo.net

I am looking for two men who served with me in Cartwright, Lab. in 1960-1961. Last names were Lafferty and Schmidt. They made a long year more enjoyable with their comedy and humor. our Squadron was the 1933 AACS, Detachment 8, 927 AC&W, Cartwright AFS, LAB.


08/23/2009 00:00:00

Name: Hugh Morrison
Email: hughmorrison AT webruler.com

request membership. long time scope dope in the canadian airforce.


08/23/2009 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: hq AT radomes.org

Hugh Morrison - I've sent you an email about membership. Thanks very much, Gene.


08/23/2009 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: hq AT radomes.org

Mike Shaw - civilians who served at any radar station are welcome. Our current membership setup allows any military veteran "Active" membership, and others "Associate" membership. We welcome both kinds of support - it all helps. There really isn't much difference between Active & Associate memberships. Active members can vote on issues we may bring up from time to time. That's the only difference. Now, you didn't say whether you had any military service, so if you did, you can join as an Active member, if not you can join as an Associate member.

And, you don't need to be a member at all at use our radar museum, but you help via membership will be very much appreciated.
Also, please email me (hq@radomes.org) with any stories, notes, photos, etc. you feel are appropriate. Our whole museum is made up of contributed stuff from members & non-members alike.
Gene


08/23/2009 00:00:00

Name: Phil Harrison
Email: xpash1340 AT aol.com

Hi Gene, I was a 276X0 56-76 ret TSG .. I'm a member of Radomes. Can we scan stuff and send it in? Are you Tracys brother? Tracy was an E9 in radar maint I think...Met him long ago in Germany I think. Wasserkuppee "68" Have a good one. Phil


08/23/2009 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

Was listening to a quirky radio station that has old radio programs. They played an Eddie Cantor song, with what sounded as though he said, "NRTS," which I recall as "Not Repairable This Station," (I think). I'd even heard that phrase on the old "M*A*S*H television series when Major Burns said of something, "NRTS it," which I thought was both neat and remarkable.) But it turned out, doing some research, the Cantor word was "nertz," meaning, "nuts." The lyric pertains today. Radar techs can insert NRTS just as well. The song is much longer, but here is a sample:

Sure, business is bunk,
And Wall Street is sunk,
We're all of us broke, and ready to croak.
We've nothing to dunk,
Can't even get drunk,
And all the while, they tell us to smile:

Cheer up, gentle citizens, though you have no shirts,
Happy days are here again. Cheer up, smile, nertz!
All aboard prosperity, giggle 'till it hurts!
No more bread-line charity. Cheer up, smile, nertz!


08/23/2009 00:00:00

Name: Stanley W Laidler
Email: StanDiLa AT comcast.net

54-58 664th AC&W Bellefonte,Ohio
65-66 921st AC&W St Anthony, Newfoundland
66-67 678th AFS Benton, Pa
70-71 Miyoka-Jima, Japan


08/22/2009 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

News item (sent in by Eugene McDonald):

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/aug/17/1m17laguna001629-nature-take-place-buildings/

The remainder of the former Mount Laguna AFS, CA, is now slated for demolition, thanks to the economic-stimulous package which will provide the funding. Of course, the ARSR-4 radar facility will remain. However, all other structures will go.


08/22/2009 00:00:00

Name: paul gadaire
Email: paulgadaire AT yahoo.com

Served in Japan 4/'54 - 9/'56, Hokkaido, 848th AC&W,
Det 26 ( Nemuro ),2 yrs and Det 45 ( Tobetsu ), 6 mos.


08/22/2009 00:00:00

Name: Paul Gadaire
Email: paulgadaire AT yahoo.com

Served at 636th Condon OR 9/'56 - 3/'57


08/22/2009 00:00:00

Name: John L Parker
Email: kjjlp AT verizon.net

Served in the 625th at Hastings NE 63-65 and the 664th at Bellefontaine OH 66-67


08/22/2009 00:00:00

Name: Mike Shaw
Email: retiredMCIeng AT sbcglobal.net

Hey guys, you don't make it clear whether you welcome civilians who served on the sites. As a former DEW Liner (Dye Main, Dye Two, Sondrestrom AB radio terminal, Dye One, Dye Three and Dye Four) 1962 - 64 and 1968 - 73, I would like to share memories with you.


08/21/2009 00:00:00

Name: Steve Weatherly
Email: lweatherly4 AT comcast.net

To all those former members of the 689th Radar Squadron (SAGE) at Mt Hebo AFS, OR. It has been 30 years since the squadron ceased operations. The squadron was at Mt Hebo from 1956 to 1979. There were many changes over these years as new equipment and facilities were installed, and SAGE operations were activated. The constants were the steady flow of new personnel, the always treacherous weather, and the access road was always steep. Congratulations to all those that made the 689th a success. You earned it!


08/16/2009 00:00:00

Name: Keslar W. Reeder
Email: wandpr AT comcast.net

This is for Jim Parker. According to zabasearch.com your friend Doug Sylfest is living in Antigo, WI at 505 Alpha Ct. Phone 715-627-4014.


08/15/2009 00:00:00

Name: James M. (Jim) Davis
Email: Jim2ez AT aol.com

I have just ran across this site and decided to post. I was stationed at the 783rd AC&W, Guthrie AFS, WV from 56 thru 58. Montgomery Air Defence Sector (MOADS) Gunter AFB, AL from 58 thru Sep 59. 734th AC&W, Saidia du Kiss, Morocco from Oct 59 until Apr 60 when the site closed. I transfered down to the 737th AC&W, Dejeane Krater, Morocco from then until Oct 60. Came back to Oklahoma City AFS, OK until 1964. My career field was communications. I retired in 1973 and now live in Florida. If interested please contact me.


08/11/2009 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT msn.com

As most of you know, we live north of Houston, Texas.

It RAINED yesterday!

I won't have to drag out the hoses for at least a week.

Hal-a-loo-ya!!!! WHOOOP! YEEHA!!! etc.

Somewhere in the world, someplace got EIGHT FEET of rain. Good Grief! That's what I call hosing down the runway.


08/11/2009 00:00:00

Name: D.A. Sacco
Email: pappap0 AT yahoo.com

Wanting to purchase Patches and/or decals of the 756th Radar Squadron,(Finland, Minn.1955-1956) the 31st Air Division (Snelling AFS 1957-58) and Central Air Defense Force. Have not been able to locate any for sale.I know it's been a few years ago and those bases have not been active for years, however, I Would appreciate any help. Thanks.


08/11/2009 00:00:00

Name: James ( Jim ) Parker
Email: kb0ngn AT juno.com

Would like to get in touch with Doug Sylfest knew him from my time at 676 in Antigo. I'm now living in Mpls. I made a trip to the old site several years ago was surprised at what I saw. From the email address you see I am a ham now too, got licensed in 94 & enjoy it very much, I have the Tech. license haven't upgraded yet.


08/10/2009 00:00:00

Name: brenda harry
Email: freaky_girl1993 AT hotmail.com

hi i was just searching n i found this place u have set up here pretty neat im really into this since i live in senneterre.and the one that is here is RCAF Station Senneterre its now run down and everything but i got interested in what this palce was so i started searching online. very nice page u have. Thank you for being so informative now im just searching every site for more info its exciting to see and read all the stories.Good job,,Brenda harry


08/08/2009 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Congratulations Larry, on the new Mac. That's quite an improvement over Windows ME (theoperatingsystemfromhell).


08/08/2009 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Congratulations Larry, on the new Mac. That's quite an improvement over Windows ME (theoperatingsystemfromhell).


08/08/2009 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Don't know why, but whenever I post it shows up twice. Let's see if it does it this time.......


08/08/2009 00:00:00

Name: George W. Freeman
Email: gfreeman1 AT nc.rr.com

If I was stationed with anyone, please fill free to contact me via my E-Mail address. I nowe reside in North Carolina.


08/05/2009 00:00:00

Name: Bob Thomson
Email: bobeileen1 AT juno.com

HEATHKIT/RADIO SHACK


I too built a couple of Heathkit systems, the most ambitious being their four channel model airplane radio control transmitter, receiver, and four servos. This was in 1969, and the cost was about $200.00 for the kit, as compared to over $400.00 for a comparable commercial unit. I still have the system and it works, however, due to FCC regulation changes over the years, is no longer legal. Here’s a little story about that kit. At the time I belonged to the Kingston (NY) Model Airplane Club, which had a number of IBM engineers as members. Since the Heathkit was a very cost effective means to have a RC unit, a number of club members built it. However, those built by IBM’ers invariability did not work, while those built by non-IBM’ers did. The reason being, the IBM engineers refusal to follow the explicit step-by-step instructions.

As for Radio Shack, My first PC was a Tandy 1000A unit, with black and white monitor and floppy disk drives. It had a DOS operating system, however, with some unique Tandy differences from the standards of that time. I learned BASIC and C programming on that machine. It too is still around, packed away for some future date when it may become worth some money as a classic antique.


08/05/2009 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT msn.com

Unfortunately, most of the old electronics I once had, failed the smoke test, when I last turned them on. The only two that didn't were my crystal set and my battery operated telegraph key.


08/04/2009 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

Military officers' clubs near extinction; USA Today, 8/3/09;

FORT BENNING, Ga. — This sprawling Army installation, where generations of infantry soldiers have come to train, boasts an Internet cafe, a brew pub sporting pool tables and big-screen televisions, and six gymnasiums. It even has the area's only do-it-yourself dog wash. People bring Fido, place him on a platform and give him a flea-ridding scrubbing. What Fort Benning does not have is an officers' club, a place where historically those with the rank of lieutenant and above could rub shoulders, break bread and drink with other officers. This storied military post, which covers about 280 square miles near Columbus, reflects a trend: Officers' clubs — along with clubs for non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel — are disappearing. Just seven officers' clubs remain on Army installations in the USA — down from about 100 in the late 1970s. The Marine Corps, which boasted dozens of officers' clubs in the mid-1980s, has 10 left. The Air Force has nine, down from 27 in 2003, and the Navy is down to 20. Clubs are nearing extinction because of changing demographics of today's armed forces; what the military calls the "deglamorization" of alcohol; economic realities; cultural shifts; and the availability of wider dining choices nearby …

The URL for the whole story:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2009-08-02-offlicersclubs_N.htm




08/04/2009 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

Attention fellow geeks: (If you remember Heathkit and Lafayette Electronics, McKay-Dymek (sp?), Edmund Scientific, stand at attention for this one.)

News report: RadioShack (RSH) is going to start branding itself as "The Shack," in an effort to focus on its current business selling cellphones and consumer electronics, and to distance itself from its geeky past as an electronics parts store. Hard to see "The Shack" as an upscale brand, but perhaps it makes sense, as fewer of the company's customers going forward will have ever owned a radio. RadioShack recently announced it would add T-Mobile to its mobile service offerings -- which already include AT&T and Sprint Nextel -- which will put the company in stronger competition with the likes of Best Buy and its Best Buy Mobile stores.


08/04/2009 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Ah yes, Heathkit...I built many of their kits including a scope, signal generator, multimeter, and a color tv. I spent many an hour in the basement workshop assembling them and getting them to work right. More fun.

I remember Radio Shack as always asking for your phone number whenever you bought something, even batteries....always irked me. Next year RS will be sponsoring Lance Armstrong and a new American cycling team in the Tour de France. Seems like a wierd matchup, but they apparently have the money to do this.

Regards to all,
Chuck Sunder
Sparrevohn, AK '55


08/04/2009 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Ah yes, Heathkit...I built many of their kits including a scope, signal generator, multimeter, and a color tv. I spent many an hour in the basement workshop assembling them and getting them to work right. More fun.

I remember Radio Shack as always asking for your phone number whenever you bought something, even batteries....always irked me. Next year RS will be sponsoring Lance Armstrong and a new American cycling team in the Tour de France. Seems like a wierd matchup, but they apparently have the money to do this.

Regards to all,
Chuck Sunder
Sparrevohn, AK '55


08/04/2009 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT msn.com

Okay all, I took your advice, but only because our hard drive crashed. We had to give up Windows ME and Dial up. Now we have iMac OSX Leopard and DSL. It really is a bit better.


08/03/2009 00:00:00

Name: Eugene McDonald
Email: marmac AT a-znet.com

Does anyone know the origin of the nickname "Clyde" for Q7s??


08/02/2009 00:00:00

Name: Jack Payne
Email: passportjack AT msn.com

spent lot of years on radar sites and quite few flying in the connies


08/01/2009 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

Supposed 'News Item' re the former Montauk AFS, LI, NY --

http://www.danshamptons.com/content/montaukpioneer/2009/issue07_2009/01.html

"Radar Tower Dish At Camp Hero Turns 90 Degrees Over Night, Officials Investigating Incident"

We have concluded this so-called news story is a hoax. However, it's fun reading. Check it out. :-)