Auxilary Building for Radar Facility in St. Albans

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Comments (3)

tjbilodeau on March 23, 2007

Are you sure this is placed correctly in Google Earth? I think this should be on top of Bellvue Hill, more to the west.

atwood on January 1, 2008

I think this is the GATR Site. It housed the radios to talk to the fighters, from the 21st air divison. I worked there for 2 yesrs 75-77. It was seperated from the Radar site to lessen interference from the radar. It had it's own Generator . The heay cables were telephone lines from the direction center and power lines from the electric company. It is east of Bellvue hill by 2 air miles, 6 miles of road from B H

2fingers on July 10, 2009

Nice picture Alan. I was stationed at the Bellevue Hill radar site from March 1966 thru November 1967 and worked in this building on a daily basis during that time period. It is obviously abandoned now but, was occupied and a major hub of activity while I worked there. The building is part of a United States Air Force (USAF) facility known as a Ground to Air Transmitter and Receiver (GATR) site. This facility was further, a part of the 764th Radar Squadron, Air Defense Command(ADC) located at Bellevue Hill just east of St. Albans, VT. Housed in this building were a large number of ultra high frequency (UHF) ground to air radio transmitters and receivers, high power UHF transmitters and special computer equipment that were used to conduct command and control of USAF's (ADC) fighter interceptor aircraft in the 764th Radar Squadron's air defense sector. The building also housed an extremely large diesel powered alternating current generator set. This building is located in the middle of and centered on a large rectangular field (known as the antenna farm) with a north to south alignment. In this field on both sides of the building were a large number of UHF antennas mounted on telephone poles. The antennas were a necessary part of the radio communications equipment. Looking at your picture about the center of and near and along the roof line going towards the rear of the building are a series of dots that are actually holes in the building where the radio frequency(rf) coaxial cable going to the antennas passed thru. The building is clearly visible today and it sits where you have indicated in the middle of an over grown or forested rectangular field that is aligned as I stated earlier. This field was the antenna farm that I referred to and was clear of all vegetation when I worked there. Your picture sure brings back some good memories. MHUMP, USAF MSgt Ret. USAF specialties: 304X4 and 275XO, i.e. Ground Radio Repairman and Tactical Air Command and Control Specialist (ROMAD) respectively. 1965 -1988.

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  • Uploaded on May 13, 2006
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    by Alan Lampson
    • Taken on 2005/06/19 15:53:58
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/750)
    • Focal Length: 6.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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