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Location DB > United States > Alaska > Talkeetna > Bartlett Earth Station
Bartlett Earth Station
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created by AKphill on 6/11/2009 9:54 PM
last modified by AKphill on 11/20/2018 1:06 AM
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An old telecommunications satellite facility consisting of two medium-sized storage sheds and a large building which houses computer equipment, controls for two large dishes, mechanical rooms, motorpool, offices, and personnel amenities.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it - demolished
 Physical Information

Talkeetna, Alaska
United States
Owner: AT&T Alascom
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • active antenna on site
  •  Interesting Features
    Large 15 and 30-meter satellite dishes, equipment and data records left in offices, mechanical rooms with pumps and generators, storage buildings full of outdated supplies. Spectacular view of Mt. McKinley

    UPDATE! As of my visit on July 15th, the property has been cleared of foliage, all entrances grated off and/or welded shut, and all equipment/records stripped from the building.

    Another update. The station was finally demolished on 11/15/18
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • grated panels over windows and main entrance
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1969
    Closed: 2001
     Required Equipment
  • bolt cutters and/or hacksaw
  •  Recommended Equipment

    The Bartlett Earth Station was built originally by RCA communications. "As one of the first large satellite systems this station was required to be extremely large. The immense size of the hub earth station was necessary to overcome not only the losses through 22,000 miles of space, but also because technology had not advanced in the areas of low noise amplifier designs, and spacecraft power budgets. Systems of this size are no longer required for satellite communications, so its owner, AT&T decided to decommission the facility for this reason, among others." - Bartlett Radio Astronomy Institute

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     Future Plans
    The Bartlett Radio Astronomy Institute wants to turn the facility into a research station, but it doesn't look it will happen anytime soon.

    7/29: An AT&T rep e-mailed me today saying the place isn't going anywhere soon and that they finally decided to clear it out.

    11/15/18. Facility was demolished.

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    Best of Bartlett Pt. 1
    Thu, Jun 11th, 2009
    posted by AKphill
    25 pictures
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    Best of Bartlett Pt. 2
    Tue, Jun 16th, 2009
    posted by AKphill
    25 pictures

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     Web Links - Pics of the station prior to its closure.

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 11/20/2018 5:53 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Nov 20 18 at 5:53, Steed validated this location
  • on Nov 20 18 at 1:06, AKphill changed the following: Status, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Future Plans, Description
  • on Nov 20 18 at 1:02, AKphill deleted a story
  • on Oct 5 09 at 15:26, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Oct 3 09 at 20:39, AKphill updated gallery picture Bartlett 032
  • on Aug 24 09 at 19:04, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 20 09 at 6:20, AKphill updated a story
  • on Jul 30 09 at 1:23, Steed validated this location
  • on Jul 29 09 at 23:02, AKphill updated gallery Best of Bartlett Pt. 2
  • on Jul 29 09 at 23:01, AKphill updated gallery Best of Bartlett Pt. 1
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