posted on May, 5 2013 @ 07:27 PM
Bald Mountain Gate #5 37°30'22.27"N, 115°42'7.19"W
I've never been to that gate, but it is quite some distance from the border on my Garmin mapsource map. Interesting that the actual sign is some
distance from the orange poles. Same goes for gate 6. Both are about 0.4m from the border. I think the USGS map is accurate in that location. The USGS
map doesn't reflect the land grabs in the 90s.
If I hadn't mentioned it, the radar balls are for the aid of the sky patrol. The door gunner needs to insure you have crossed the border before
terminating with extreme prejudice and issuing the "clean up on isle 5" call over the radio.
Checking an older set of waypoints, I have this one named "bmhide", which I guess it where you can't be seen by the baldocam.
Medlin has a radio to talk to the base. From a person that got a ride with Steve to cross the border, it is described as "old." If I got that ride,
I would have photographed the radio and probably logged the serial number. ;-) My guess is the base has a simple NFM frequency to talk to the guards.
I can't see the base handing out expensive trunking scanners to infrequent users, let alone having to insure the radios get rekeyed as needed. All
these trunking systems have patch capabilities, usually for phone calls, but I suppose for two-way land mobile radio as well.
I see the trench from the general area around BM to the ranch, but it could just be a pipeline to bring water to the ranch. The pipelines at Cedar
Ranch are quite extensive. These ranchers try to use as much free water as possible. That would be a lot of infrastructure for the base to run on