Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/05/10

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Sugar Grove
From: lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin)
Date: Thu May 10 15:43:01 2007
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On May 10, 2007, at 5:09 PM, Ken wrote:

> On May 9, 2007, at 9:34 PM, Charlie Meyer wrote:
>> It's like "CT" acres, with a last tour at Sugar Grove to jump from.
> Wonder how many folks know what that means.  :-)
> Ken

Sugar Grove is an American government communications site located in  
Pendleton County, West Virginia 38.514997? N 79.28421? W operated by  
the National Security Agency. According to a December 25, 2005  
article in the New York Times, the site intercepts all international  
communications entering the Eastern United States.

The site was first developed by the Naval Research Laboratory in the  
early 1960s as the site of a 600ft radio telescope that would probe  
outer space, but the project was halted in 1962 before the telescope  
construction was completed. The site was then developed as a radio  
receiving station. The site was activated as Naval Radio Station  
Sugar Grove on May 10, 1969, and two Wullenweber Circulary Disposed  
Antenna Arrays (CDAAs) were completed on November 8, 1969. Numerous  
other antennas, dishes, domes, and other facilities were constructed  
in the following years. Some of the more significant radio telescopes  
on site are a 60ft dish (oldest telescope on site), a 105ft dish  
featuring a special wave-guide receiver and a 150ft dish (largest  
telescope on site).

Though the CDAAs were decommissioned in the 1990s, the site is still  
active, and photographs taken between 2000 and 2004 show significant  
construction on the site.

The site is part of the ECHELON communications network operated by  
the United States and its allies to intercept and process electronic  
telecommunications. The network operates many sites around the world  
including Menwith Hill in the United Kingdom and Yakima, Washington.

Sugar Grove is located in an officially designated National Radio  
Quiet Zone that covers 13,000 square miles in West Virginia and  
Virginia. The zone was established by Congress in 1958 to facilitate  
its mission and that of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory  
located 30 miles away at Green Bank in Pocahontas County, West  
Virginia. Thanks to Wikipedia, nothing can be kept secret any more.

Now everyone on the Lug knows.

Next question:

What floats in the secret code pond in the CIA headquarters courtyard  
in Langley? No - it isn't Jimmy Hoffa's body.

Larry Z

Replies: Reply from charlie at (Charlie Meyer) ([Leica] Re: Sugar Grove OT)
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