1996 - 2016
BSEE - KB3UON
RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The Internet was still largely an unknown entity at the time and not much was available in the form of WYSIWYG ...
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Many thanks to those of you who have sent these photos to me for publication. I have received a lot of e-mail on them in the couple years that they have been on the Internet. If you know anyone in any of the Mobs, 1 through 5, please have them contact me and send photos. If you only have hard copies or negatives, I will be glad to scan them and send the original back to you.
- Kirt Blattenberger
Update: While sorting through boxes of archived items recently, I ran across a pile of folders full of U.S. Air Force documents for base assignment, shot records, TDY deployment, training, performance reports, etc.. A lot of paperwork accrued in four short years. For out-processing (1982), I was issued a checklist that required going all over the base (Robins AFB, Georgia) to collect files, turn in issued gear, and sign multiple statements regarding why I was making the unwise decision to not re-enlist. Very few papers survived my purge; only the most significant remain. Here are a few of those documents, arranged in chronological order of issuance. If you, too, were in the USAF, many will look familiar.
Thanks to Elbert Cook for providing these photos.
Thanks to MSgt. Robert Bennett, aka "Gatorbob" for this group of great photos.
When I see the pictures and names it brings back a lot of old memorys - long hours and hard work but some of the best times of my life I will never forget!
Here a few names of Radar Leper Colony I remember:
These Pix Were Sent by Jim Carthew
These Pix Were Sent by Jason Merrill
These photos were graciously supplied by Don Hicks
Many thanks to Greg Bucchieri for sending these nice photos from his time in the USAF!
S.A.G.E. as it looks today with FPN-47 radar antenna visible in background. The radar is now remotely operated out of Minneapolis Center RAPCON.
Compliment of Jim Flinn
This is a blow-up of the suspected MPN-13 mobile radar unit that is in the background of the photo below. Clearly visible are the X-band elevation antenna, the S-band airport surveillance radar antenna, and VHF/UHF radio masts and antennas. The maintenance trailer is not in view, but would be sitting in back of the operations trailer. I don't think there was a mobile RAPCON back in 1967.
The 1967 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats) was held at the Los Alamitos Naval Air Station in California. Up until the early, the U.S. Navy sponsored the AMA Nats as a means of introducing potential young aviators and maintenance guys to the exciting Navy life. At some point, there was not enough participation of youngsters in the Nats to make the Navy deem the expense worthwhile. Too bad. This picture came from the September 1967 American Modeler magazine.
Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam, c1967
Pictures submitted by MSgt. Auford Neal, ret.
Terrier Missile Fire Control Radar
The fellow on the left with the beard is Jerry Johnson, and the fellow on the right is Richard Snyder. Is this a quintessential military dude shot or what?
Photos by Dan Miller
Thanks to Paul Mayo for this photo of his AN/MPN-14, S/N 88, deployed to Shaw AFB, around 1974. It has the first AN/TPX-42 Interrogator Set (IFF user interface) installed. Paul was not a member of the 5th, but worked at Tac Com (Langley) as a Tech Rep/Field Engineer for AIL on the TPX-42. He did a lot of the mods and TCTOs for the MPN-14s plus training and a couple of deployments (1973 to 1977).
These images of the TPX-42 IFF equipment rack were obtained from the Adak, Alaska website. I usually do not make copies of images, but these are too rare to risk losing. All have links to the original full-size images.
Description of the AN/TPX-42 PIDP IFF equipment (United States), Intelligence Systems - Direction-Finding, by Janes
Here is a brief description of IFF systems from the Electronic Warfare and Radar Systems Handbook.