A brief history of
Project S.T.R.A.T. Earth Station One
- Project S.T.R.A.T. (Special Telemetry Research
and Tracking) was established in the spring of 1972. Through a dedicated
effort the project became fully operational by the summer of 1973.
- In the summer of 1972 the first ulf (ultra-Low
Frequency, 40 hertz to 15 kilohertz) radio marker beacon started broadcasting
a 150-watt ulf sequence of electonic tone pulses towards the stars.
This meager beginning was the start of a 22-year effort to better
understand a great mystery.
- As the fall of 1973 approached, a large wave
of UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)sightings started to cover the
entire country, as well as the whole world. I found myself involved
in one of the most intriguing events of my younger life. During this
time many UFO reports came in from the local area. Some were nothing
short of astonishing!
- As all of this was going on, the instruments
at the project picked up some unusual electromagnetic disturbances,
mostly in the form of harmonic interference (400 to 1,000 hertz),
intermingled with the 60-hertz power line frequency. An oscilloscope
was used in conjunction with the electric power distribution lines
as a detector, to measure any unusual electromagnetic activity in
the local area.
- As the UFO phenomena persisted, Project S.T.R.A.T.
expanded to encompass over 1,200 square feet of the home I grew up
in. Over the next few years, a 16' by 38' addition was added to the
house, which allowed room for one of the largest pieces of high voltage
equipment to be installed. This two story high, 1,000-watt, 60,000-volt
deep space radio transmitter is comprised of four large poly-phase
semi-tuned voltage impluse multipliers. These combined with other
high power, low frequency linear amplifiers should enable the music
program signal to travel great distances into space, and possibly
attract the attention of any extraterrestrials passing through space
near enough to the earth to detect the signals and follow them in.
This would allow for possible visual or electronic observation.
- Over the past 12 years, I have been broadcasting
a wide variety of jazz, ethnic, folk, and electronic music into space,
for about six to eight hours daily. To more accurately "home them
in," a 24-hour vertical marker beacon signal is used.
- This in brief sums up the operations, and
a little history of Project S.T.R.A.T. As things change, so will the
project directives. More or less emphasis may be placed on electronic
equipment development or new areas of scientific research.