reply to post by desertdreamer
When I talked to Chuck about the sensors being on public land, he said that the government does place sensors near petroglyphs, which are on public
land. So there is some precedence for sensors being on public land. The same sensors (MIDS or EMIDS) are used near the US/Mexico border according to
If you read papers on how to set up these sensors, a common theme is to place them near intersections. To be more specific, you place them on each
side of the intersection. By comparing the sequence of sensor triggering, you can not only determine where the vehicle is located, but the direction
of travel. So a safe assumption is intersections near the border have multiple sensors. An of course there are probably sensors on their side of the
border. The base uses a "numbered barrel" plus two-way radio scheme for contractors and probably the camo dudes to announce that they triggered an
alarm and call out the barrel number on the radio. These barrels are on their side of the border.
Regarding making a map of the sensors, I don't see this being illegal or particularly useful. Since all the border crossings are alarmed, assume
that if you drive across the border on a dirt road, you will trip an alarm. However, these road sensors really only keep out the honest people. There
is probably some radar scheme to detect intruders not using the dirt roads. That is, the radar does exist, though it has not been proven the base uses
Regarding cameras near the border, the base wants you to see them. They are MOOP.
It is always good to keep in mind that the base "proper" is far inside the border. I would assume very close to the base, there is considerable
surveillance hardware. The base will never be infiltrated, though you could probably get close as in the case of Jerry Freeman.
One hard to detect perimeter protection scheme is to bury fiber optic cable. If done properly, when the cable has weight on it, it will "disturb"
the cable enough that if a light pulse is sent from one side of the cable, the stressed location will cause the light pulse to be reflected. Given the
speed of light in the cable and the time delay, you can determine where along the cable that it has been disturbed. This is a scheme similar to time
domain reflectometry, which is used to detect breaks or flaws in fiber optics or coax.
Getting back to the EMIDS or MIDS, they have a tilt sensor. So once Chuck picked one up, it was singing up a storm. Though the base claimed Chuck
stole a sensor, I suspect this was something that they made Chuck sign in a plea bargain deal. It would be pretty simple to find a stolen sensor given
that the sensor itself is alarmed.
I left out Road Block Canyon in my other post as a sensor location.