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Cellular reception at Groom Lake

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posted on Mar, 13 2018 @ 03:24 PM

I suppose many people on the forum have an app on their phone called Speedtest. It is from Ookla. I noticed a beta feature in the app that provides a signal strength reception map of sorts. Emphasis on "of sorts" since there is no documentation on how this map is created. You can tell it uses Open Street Map based on the annotation used around Groom Lake.

The images I uploaded are for Verizon and Tmobile reception. There was nothing for AT&T. In classified areas, you don't get to bring your handy pocket spy machine AKA modern cell phone, so I am really suspicious that the indicated reception is real. Further I don't know if you actually had to be running a speed test for anything to be recorded.

Nevada Test Site employees have been allowed to carry cell phones for years. Back in the day, they had those Blackberry phones with no camera. There was a tag of sorts on the phone to indicate some power that be blessed the phone. I have no idea what the current rules are.

So at the moment, log this activity at Groom Lake as interesting but not an OPSEC failure like those fitness trackers.

BTW there is some sort of heat spot on the map between the civilian Tonopah Airport and the Tonopah Test Range. The map itself has no annotation at the location, though it could be the TTR man camp. I'm going to try to figure out the location later.
edit on 13-3-2018 by gariac because: Grammar!

edit on 13-3-2018 by gariac because: Autocorrect!

posted on Mar, 13 2018 @ 03:46 PM
Id assume they can bring their cell phones on the base but once they got to specific areas they probably have drop off points to prevent any security violations. That’s my best guess based on my experiences, but we’re talking about one of the most secure bases in the world so who knows. As to cell phone coverage, I’d assume they probably have a very limited network for very specific people.
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posted on Mar, 13 2018 @ 04:39 PM
How it works

Claim is the app runs all on its own.

posted on Mar, 13 2018 @ 07:30 PM
a reply to: gariac

good find!

Probably someone techie doing a speed test to see what the download speed is on the wifi there.

posted on Mar, 14 2018 @ 01:46 AM
Likely the government has there own cell site that is based on the StingRay system. and they record everything.

posted on Mar, 17 2018 @ 08:44 PM
99.9% sure they cannot bring phones. they can call out to family if they need too. most family also has an emergency number to get them.

posted on Mar, 19 2018 @ 02:34 AM

Calibrating the map, the blue dot south of the Tonopah civilian airport is n38 w117. This is known as a confluence point. Since this location is in free territory, it can be found on the Confluence web page:
N38 W117

While is is possible some geeks went to the confluence point and ran a speed test, it is more likely Ookla decided to map some test to this confluence point to give the tester some privacy.

The Groom Lake points are not at a confluence point.

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