15 August 2004
The "NSA odd station" is not used by NSA. It's the MARS (Military Affiliate
Radio Service) station for Fort Meade. I lived in the housing area around
there from 1986 to 1991 and regularly rode my bike up there. The door to
the station had the MARS logo and text on it.
9 March 2004
It really isn't that odd. Looks like a training site, thus no need
for extensive barriers, guards, fields of fire, etc. Especially when
you consider it is near the housing area, and what looks like a main entry
The buildings? Who ever heard of the 'cruits getting stuff that
works. In my old days, took 4 hours of maintenance for every hour a
student got a working piece of equipment.
Old Spook, now better employed.
I think you have the Fort Meade Cable TV earth station, not NSA. Might
be a relay for AFRTS, but I have not heard of one there.
7 March 2004
Maps from Mapquest.com
Source of photo:
This station is located at Ft. Meade, northeast of NSA headquarters. There
are about 12 dish antennas shown along with tower antenna, three large at
the upper right and 8 or 9 to the right of the tower -- one of these is a
portable antenna painted olive drab.
What is odd about it is its location away from the main NSA and Ft. Meade
facilities, modest access road, lack of fencing and simple structures more
like maintenance buildings rather than usually those associated with a
communication station. Compare to several stations shown on the NSA big eyeball: