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Det 34M,  Ashland, Main : TDY Winter 73/74

                                                                   So Cold that ...

This TDY started just before Christmas '73.  I guess it was a cold Winter even for Northern Main.  Most of the time it
was between 20 above and  
30 below.  I had to remove the IFF/SIF antenna off the MPS-9 to get to a frozen air
conditionar/heater motor.  Without the heater even with the interconnect to the other vans,  the MPS-9 synchronizer
tubes could not get hot enough to run the radar, bear skin would
freeze to the metal handles of the chassis.  It was a
little bit
below -30 degrees outside when I was working on the IFF/SIF antenna.  They made me come back inside
every 15 minutes to warm up.  Even with heavy gloves, the tips of my fingers got blistered.  One morning when we left
the hotel for the site at about 5:00 it was
54 below zero,  the next morning it hit -55 degrees.  So cold,  that one of
the axles on one of our 6-packs broke on the way to the site.  The whole wheel, break drum and tire came off.
                                         So Cold that ...

We were not required to mop the floors.  Because they would freeze to the floor.

Our main entrance, the door just to the left of the television set almost always had
some snow piled up by the door jam.  On the inside.

We normally wore Muckalucks inside along with Long Johns and Parkas.

On cold days,  we placed a space heater between the facing rows of chairs and
hang a blanket between us to hold in the heat.

                  So Cold that ...

It hardly snowed while we were there,
(Dec - Feb).

Consequently,  when it finally did snow,  I
found a deep spot and  stood on my
knees when this picture was taken to
make it look good to the folks back home
in the Bay Area.  
                    So Cold that ...

Eating and cooking on a hot plate in our room
was made easier during our 3 month stay.  
It never got much hotter than about 20
degrees outside.   It was kinda' fun to have the
nose hairs freeze on me,  something I wasn't
used to in the Bay Area.  Made me think about
a Jack London story.

           So Cold that ...

Outside of the storm window in our room was a
bracket where an air conditioner was placed in
the Summer time.  

We put an Ice Chest on the bracket and used
it as a freezer.

There was several inches between the storm
window and the inside room window.

We used that space for the butter, beer and

We found that by taking a lamp cord with plug
and connecting one end of each wire to a nail
and sticking the nails into the ends of a hot
dog and plug it into the wall, it took about 30
seconds to cook.  We used this idea at the
radar site as there was no provision for food
because we lived in a hotel.  It was a quick way
of getting something hot to eat when at work.

Now that I think about it,  the TLQ-11 is about
200 watts of random J-band RF.  By
suspending a paper plate in front of the feed
horn and putting the jammer in CW you can
warm a sandwich.  Micro wave ovens run at
about the same frequency as the MPS-9
E-band, (S-band), at about 2,800 kilo Mega
Hertz.  That's 2.8 GigHz for us Americans.  The
J-band being at around 9.5 GigHz is better for
making jam than for cooking :-)