posted on May, 4 2013 @ 01:57 PM
Nice find. I'll go with the electrical panel theory.
I put the coordinates into my Bald Mountain GPS trails since that border location is very confusing. There are so many roads and border points there.
This particular spot uses a camera that moves. I assume a pan/tilt/zoom. I only saw it move once (pan). That was when we had three vehicles in the
immediate area. People don't believe me that it moves, but I have two witnesses, one being a writer at an aviation magazine. [Since these writers
have to work bother sides of the fence, i.e. meet with vendors like Lockheed and such, I can't out the guy.] It totally freaked us out.
The cameras on Bald Mountain can't see this area since the mountain itself is in the way. The remote control camera has a solar cell, but I presume
that scheme is shall we say suboptimal. So maybe they decided to power the camera in a more permanent manner.
There are other uses for such panels. Well heads and septic controls, but not likely here.
Getting back to the fire extinguisher, one has to presume there is a bit more on the panel that we can't see that could catch on fire. A simple
switch and breaker wouldn't need an extinguisher since they are passive devices.
So I have two theories. If the panel was to power some pump, it could be the case that they have a booster (transformer) at the well head. But I doubt
there is a well there.
The other possibility is they didn't feed 120VAC to the panel, but rather 48VDC. The code for piping around low volltage DC is less stringent than a
120VAC line. The limit for "safe" DC probably relates to the phone company settling on 48VDC in their backup circuitry. Some data center computers
use 48VDC power as well. Assuming the camera gear is designed for 12VDC, they would use a small DC/DC converter, which in theory could catch fire. It
seems kind of unlikely some camo dude will arrive in the nick of time to put out a fire before it spreads, but maybe there is some silly regulation
that requires the extinguisher.
Over the years, people have looked at the size of the solar cells and the requirements for the camera, including a heater. The general consensus is
the solar cell based system would have a very limited operating time, so a remote control to turn it on when needed would be required. So they have a
VHF or UHF radio connected to the yagi antenna that is always on. But this radio could run on say 100ma. [Receivers are low power. Transmitting is
another story.] Then if needed, they send a VHF/UHF signal to the radio to turn on the camera and the microwave dish to relay the video. They only
turn on the camera once someone has tripped a road sensor (also battery powered).
A remote possibility is the incident I witnessed where the dude was driving his Raptor like he stole it to catch up with the guys by Baldie driving
the washes (yes, not roads but washes) was enough to make the base think they need a better surveillance system in this location. Plus people in
general have been poking around Bald Mountain in the last few years because it does get camo dude or even chopper action. The front and back gate are
not as much fun.
If you get lucky, with the rats nest of roads and washes around Baldie, you might find yourself chasing the dude rather than the other way around.
They have a hard time finding vehicles since some of the roads are in depressions deep enough to hide a car.