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Bill Westphal's Photo Gallery - Triunfo Pass Earth Station

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2560 viewsThe 2008 Summer Olympics Games, and our coverage, was a huge success thanks to the hard work of everyone involved. The Olympics concluded with a magnificent Closing Ceremony and Fireworks seen around the World thanks to us.
Of course this is NOT a skyrocket from China! A passing airplane added the effect to this long one minute exposure.
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2283 viewsBecause of the time difference, most of the Olympic Events occurred during the nighttime hours at Triunfo Pass. But we were staffed 24 hours a day and ready for anything.
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2623 viewsWith everything cleaned up and maintenance complete, the Triunfo Pass Satellite Earth Station was ready for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
All there was left to do was . . . . Wait.
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2311 viewsJohn Bartman keeps a watchful eye on all the activities.
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Taking A Ride2300 viewsAfter Antenna #2 was cleaned and lubed, it was used to carry traffic for Antenna #1 while it was cleaned. Then it was moved to the East, to track the 307° Satellite in place of Antenna #3 while it was cleaned up.

John Bartman and Shane Edmonston on the middle platform observing the movement while Antenna #2 is swung around to the East.

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2471 viewsAll Gear Oil was changed and maintenance was performed on all of the 32 Meter Dishes.

John Bartman Area Manager of the Statewide Radio Crew on the Right.
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1960 viewsLunchtime walks provided a refreshing break from the hard work being done at the Earth Station.

Prickly Phlox
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1954 viewsSilver Bush Lupine
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2011 viewsMexican Evening Primrose
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2188 viewsThe hills around the Earth Station were covered with a variety of wildflowers of different types and colors.

This is called Purple Nightshade
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1995 viewsOn a fresher note, Springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains provides a wonderful display of wildflowers.

This is Purple Sage and it is abundant around the Earth Station. It is a favorite of the local Honey Bees.
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Skeleton2277 viewsLarge birds had access to the RF Rooms via the Feed Tubes for quite some time. The rooms were littered with their droppings, as well as the carcasses and skeletons of their prey.

After the RF Room was cleaned, the Feed Tube was sealed to keep the birds out.

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