Friday, April 6, 2007

Jamesburg Earth Station

I've been involved with a project the last few months and have not posted anything. This project is really cool. I'm helping to restore an old earth station that was owned by AT&T between 1967 and ~2003. This facility (see Jamesburg Dish ) was the primary phone and video link to Asia during the 1960's-1980's.

It received via satellite the first moon landing video from Australia, Nixon's trip to china and the video most americans saw of the Tienaman square uprising. The dish is over 95' in diameter and is located a few miles south of Carmel Valley.

I've posted some interesting videos here: Jamesburg videos for more info...

I've been working on the computer real time tracking systems which have had some issues after being mothballed for several years. In any case, really fun working on such a large machine...check back for future posts.