This was kind of an inside joke: "No loss to world time!"

Hmm.  Antennas.  Wonder what they could be for?

Nice view of both Q Channels.  That's John Glacken trying not to trip over a scope probe.  Walter Kopek's head is visible behind the o-scope.

​Me making a critical adjustment to Channel 6.  I think that's a hammer in my hand.  And what's with the uniform?  We almost never wore uniforms.



The following pics are from Kodachrome slides scanned at 2400 dpi.  They didn't need any color correction etc.

Accurate time source was essential.  This is what it took in the days before GPS etc.  H-P Cesium Beam Frequency Standards, etc.  The nixi-tube counter displayed our deviation from "world time", probably in microseconds.  I think the set in the upper left was for WWV or something like that, as a fallback time source.

Water treatment system, diesel storage for generators

Our in-house bar: "The Last Sanctuary".  This was at the apartments we lived in when I first got there.  As our ranks diminished, we were moved to a smaller house (it also had a bar).  I think that's the regular bartender's daughter behind the bar, who Walter Kopek ended up marrying.  I have tons of Kodachrome slides of their wedding ceremony that I'll eventually get scanned so I can share them.

The view looking directly back from the Q systems.

Q Systems.  Pretty sure that's Walter Kopek sitting at the desk.

Walter Kopek was my shift leader this day.  Blue things are Stabiline power conditioners.

Channel 6 with master timekeeping stuff on the left.

Comparator on the left (it was deprecated at that time but it still worked).  Function Generator in the middle.  Mystery field test gear on the right.

Channel 7

That's Walter Kopek on the left and John Glacken on the right, working on Channel 7.


Note the smaller piece of gear on the left.  That was part of a new system undergoing field testing.  Anyone know for sure what technique that is or if it was even officially deployed?  We didn't know much about it.

Det 412 org chart.  Anyone know the missing names?  I can't remember and can't make them out in that print.  I'm guessing the Shift B "William" might be Bill Embach?

Tom Hilton (Henry T.) was my shift partner for a while.  Really nice guy.

Left to right: Robert (Bob) Ramm, Steve Rogers, and me, setting out on a train trip to visit our compadres in Chiang Mai.  It's a miracle we didn't get rolled on that trip.

Part of our "motor pool".  In front is an International Travelall with right-hand drive.  Behind it is a Dodge Power Wagon.  


Note the Travelall hood being held on with a piece of string.  The Travelall ran but it was undergoing repairs and the hinges weren't attached to the hood.  The hood was just sitting on top of the engine compartment.  The Travelall had a bad exhaust manifold or something that made it pretty much unmuffled.  It sounded badass.  Well one night shift we got a call to pick up some bigshot officer at the airport and bring him to the Det.  Probably at least a full colonel.  I drew the short straw.  The only vehicle available was the Travelall.  On the way back from the airport, and probably while I was apologizing for the dilapidated condition of the vehicle, the string holding the hood closed snapped.  The hood literally flew up over the top of the Travelall and landed in the road behind us.  I pulled over and the colonel and I got out and loaded the hood into the back of the truck.  We continued our trip to Det 412, sans hood & with the unmuffled exhaust, me acting like nothing had happened.

Det 412 in 1974.

This subsection will be about the time I spent in the USAF at Det 412 in Thailand in 1974-1975 where I was a "Special Electronics Technician", 99125-Q.  Expect lots of photos and a few boring stories.