The Desert Research Institute managed to install a weather station on Tikaboo Peak without anyone noticing. Since the task for the day was long
distance photography, I didn't have a wide angle lens with me, so here is a shot of the tower at stupid O clock (dawn), stitched from 3
Now technically, this tower isn't right on the peak. Rather, they cleared an area just beneath the peak. It isn't on the side facing the base, but
more like the back side of the peak, so the tower is hard to detect from ground level in the usual "tourist" spots.
Now that dome on the tower is, you guessed it, a spy camera. Supposedly to guard instrumentation, but it also makes it easy to spy on the visitors to
the peak. [Note the DRI installed a less sophisticated weather station in Rachel with a similar spy camera. Hey, not that I'm trying to create a
conspiracy here, but if Groom Lake had access to the video, it sure would be handy if they wanted to observe who is in town or on the peak. ]
Now perhaps I'm just a bit paranoid. I mean, is the camera really pointing at me? You be the judge.
OK, so it isn't pointing at me all the time.
Here is the base of the tower:
The device at the right of the photograph has dangling bladed that rattle in the wind. Needless to say, sleeping on top of TIkaboo Peak now won't be
easy for light sleepers.
Since I had the telescope with me, I took some photos of the gear on the tower. I couldn't photograph the spy camera due to the steep angle. I doubt
this is useful info, but like I said, I had the gear.
Here is the DRI link to get the data off this weather station.
It has been active since August. I assume this took at least a month or two to set up. They poured a concrete base, which I presume was accomplished
using a helicopter to deliver the mix and water. I have no idea how they cleared the area for the base of the tower. I didn't notice any downed
I should point out the just barely visible in the first photograph is a small yagi antenna. I'd say it is UHF or higher in frequency. It points in
the general direction of the NTS.
I suppose if you want to hide from the spy cam, a Guy Fawkes mask would do the trick.