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2442 viewsOne day, just as the Sun was setting, this furry Tarantula came to visit. He was quite friendly and docile.
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Where Did That Damn Spider Go ?2497 viewsRon Culver plays around with the visiting Tarantula.
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2494 viewsNext order of business was to get Antenna #4 ready to handle traffic. This 9 Meter Dish would handle traffic while we cleaned up the 32 Meter Dishes.

John Bartman (left)
and Shane Edmonston discuss the process.
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2444 viewsL-R George Cardenas, Dan Redmond, Zach White and George Thomas installing the new PA’s in Antenna #4.
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2345 viewsL-R Shane Edmonston, Zach White, Dan Redmond, Ron Culver, George Thomas (hidden), George Cardenas and John Bartman discuss moving traffic onto Antenna #4.
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2385 viewsL-R Bill Locke, Dan Redmond and George Thomas at the Advantech Down-Converters doing a Dry Run of the cutover
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2436 viewsGeorge Thomas (left) and Gus Meneses double checking the Down-Converters.
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2397 viewsL-R Dan Redmond, Zach White and George Cardenas programming the 300A Modems.
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2432 viewsOnce all traffic was moved off of Antenna #2, we could move in to clean up the
RF Room at the base of the Antenna. It was really bad.
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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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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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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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