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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-05-2012 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Jamesburg Earth Station, which transmitted some of the first images of the Apollo 11 moon landing, is on the market.
The one-of-a-kind securely fenced 160-acre property comes with a three-bedroom house, a 20,000-square-foot building, a helicopter landing pad and a 10-story satellite dish and antenna. It's in Cachaua Valley, not far from Carmel Valley andabout 20 miles southeast of Monterey, a bit off the beaten track and offbeat, period.

The unusual selling point of this picturesque property situated among rolling hills and wine vineyards: Built at the height of the nuclear arms race with the former Soviet Union, the 20,000-square-foot earth station can withstand a five-megaton nuclear blast.

The dish used to transmit satellite communications between the U.S. and other Pacific Rim countries. It was shut down in 2002 by owner AT&T and put up for sale. Some ham radio operators restored and fired up the dish in 2007 and bounced 20 radio signals off the moon.

turk242
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From: Monterey, CA USA
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posted 01-11-2012 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for turk242   Click Here to Email turk242     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish I had the dough! It's right down the road from my parents who live about 15 minutes away in Carmel Valley.

I wonder if Aaronson would give me a tour? His daughter sold me my first place here in Monterey. Would make a great shooting location for any future G//M/A themed films.

I have seen the scope while driving through the valley and wondered what the heck that massive thing was doing out there in the middle of nowhere. Mystery solved... Thanks Robert!

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