Although I an late to this thread I felt I had to help with some information I have found. I have been interested in Camp Hero since the first time I
saw the dish in 86 on my first trip to Montauk. I started researching it in 02 while I was working nights and had endless hours to google things. I
read the Montauk project, but I feel that this story is about 80% fiction and 20% facts (if that).
Now on to the point of this thread and my post. The GATR was something I was unaware of, till i found this thread. But in reading this thread and the
attached links I have found some interesting information.
The above site is dedicated to some local folks trying to preserve the history of camp hero and the dish.
If you read the site, he makes several trips to camp hero. One of them he goes to the GATR. His explanation is that the GATR isloacted at the end of a
private road. The GATR buildings are used as storage by the parks dept.
My take on this is, back when camp hero was active, The ranch wasnt even built yet. you can see that HERE
if you pick the arial map from 1960. The GATR structures are there but no Ranch. Since the property around the GATR was most likely sold to
developers, someone built the ranch and most likely had to agree that there driveway could be used for any official access to the GATR. Also, that is
a flagpole at the ranch and a deck with a table on it. No to hard to see.
Also, you google earth folks, try maps.msn.com. This also has a satilite view and its at a much better angle for LI then goggle earth which always
seems to be directly over head (90 degrees).
Willi, Do I hear correctly that the base is open to the public if you hvae a permit? The last trip I made there was in 02, but then it was still
patrolled by what seemed like private security. At least the areas with the buildings. I was able to hike in from the lighthouse side and made it to
the big circle by the beach. This area was open to the public. But the part with the bunkers and the dish was fenced off tight and I didnt feel like
getting arrested for tresspassing. In fact when I was hiking through there, several kids were running out and jumping back over the fence to get away
from the security as they were apperantly exploring and were found out.
Edit- I also read (on the link above I believe it was), that the way the SAGE radar worked was after it detected an object out at sea, that it could
in fact control the responding aircraft to "bring them' to the object. I figure this is something like an auto pilot that keeps the planes on the
correct heading. It would take tehm off and land them but guide them afteer they were already up. I found that pretty interesting. There are also some
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