posted on Mar, 12 2012 @ 01:54 AM
Well I figured I'd let this thread run it's course before chiming in. First of all, can the base detect your radio transmissions? Of course. I have
photos of the sniffer truck used at Edwards Air Force base here:
A helix is a wideband antenna that is also directional. Great for sniffing. I would assume Groom has similar gear and probably some permanent
ELINT/SIGINT gear on the hilltops.
I have to laugh at the idea of a wireless internet link to the model plane. There is no cellular service near the base. The spy cam the base, oops I
mean the Desert Research Institute, put on Tikaboo uses a yagi pointing to I assume a CMDA tower near the Nevada Test Site. [This needs further
investigation.] The antenna looks L band to me, though it doesn't have to be cellular. But if it is cellular, then CDMA for sure since CDMA works
over a wider distance than GSM. [On Tikaboo, you can pick up GSM signals, but can't use the service due to timing issues related to the distance from
the tower. CDMA phones occasionally work on Tikaboo.]
If anyone were to get a snooping device on base, I would bet on a ground based approach. First of all, it would be hard to detect. The road sensors
are a joke. They are tuned to catch cars and trucks driving on the road. So your goal is not to drive on the road at all. Now the base has to detect
for a foreign object over a vast desert landscape. Moving slow would be good. If they have ground surveillance radar, it probably has a velocity
filter. [BTW, it appears that Base Camp may be installing ground surveillance radar.] So I am proposing something more like the Mars Rover than a UAV.
It could charge during the day and travel at night. When it gets close to the base, it could snap the photos, then return to it's master for
Nellis has a GPS jamming group, so depending on GPS is problematic. But the good news is the base is the only thing lit at night out there, so it
would be hard to miss.