HAARP Facility Shuts Down - Last May

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The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) — a subject of fascination for many hams and the target of conspiracy theorists and anti-government activists — has closed down. HAARP’s program manager, Dr James Keeney at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, told ARRL that the sprawling 35-acre ionospheric research facility in remote Gakona, Alaska, has been shuttered since early May.

“Currently the site is abandoned,” he said. “It comes down to money. We don’t have any.” Keeney said no one is on site, access roads are blocked, buildings are chained and the power turned off. HAARP’s website through the University of Alaska no longer is available; Keeney said the program can’t afford to pay for the service. “Everything is in secure mode,” he said, adding that it will stay that way at least for another 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime a new prime contractor will be coming on board to run the government owned-contractor operated (GOCO) facility.

HAARP put the world on notice two years ago that it would be shutting down and did not submit a budget request for FY 15, Keeney said, “but no one paid any attention.” Now, he says, they’re complaining. “People came unglued,” Keeney said, noting that he’s already had inquiries from Congress. Universities that depended upon HAARP research grants also are upset, he said.

The only bright spot on HAARP’s horizon right now is that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is expected on site as a client to finish up some research this fall and winter. DARPA has nearly $8.8 million in its FY 14 budget plan to research “physical aspects of natural phenomena such as magnetospheric sub-storms, fire, lightning and geo-physical phenomena.”

The proximate cause of HAARP’s early May shutdown was less fiscal than environmental, Keeney said. As he explained it, the diesel generators on site no longer pass Clean Air Act muster. Repairing them to meet EPA standards will run $800,000. Beyond that, he said, it costs $300,000 a month just to keep the facility open and $500,000 to run it at full capacity for 10 days.

Jointly funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory and the US Naval Research Laboratory, HAARP is an ionospheric research facility. Its best-known apparatus is its 3.6 MW HF (approximately 3 to 10 MHz) ionospheric research instrument (IRI), feeding an extensive system of 180 gain antennas and used to “excite” sections of the ionosphere. Other onsite equipment is used to evaluate the effects.

Larry Ledlow, N1TX, of Fairbanks, Alaska, said HAARP ionosonde and riometerdata have been “invaluable, especially being more or less local, to understand current conditions in the high latitudes.”

He said data from other sites “simply do not accurately reflect the unique propagation we endure here.”
To fill the gap, Ledlow said, several members of the Arctic Amateur Radio Club — including Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, author of Radio Science for the Radio Amateur and articles in QST — have discussed building their own instruments. “It’s all very preliminary,” he said, “but we really feel the pinch losing HAARP.”

Nichols, of North Pole, Alaska, has conducted experiments at HAARP. He called the shutdown “a great loss to interior Alaska hams and many others.”

The ultra-high power facility long has intrigued hams, even outside of Alaska. In 1997, HAARP transmitted test signals on HF (3.4 MHz and 6.99 MHz) and solicited reports from hams and short-wave listeners in the “Lower 48” to determine how well the HAARP transmissions could be heard to the south.

In 2007 HAARPsucceeded in bouncing a 40 meter signal off the moon. Earlier this year, HAARP scientists successfully produced a sustained high-density plasma cloud in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

As things stand, the Air Force has possession for now, but if no other agency steps forward to take over HAARP, the unique facility will be dismantled, Keeney said. He pointed out that it would cost less to bulldoze the antenna field than it would to replace the 180 antennas.

Splashy web postings abound, blaming HAARP for controlling the weather — most recently in the case of Hurricane Sandy and the spate of tornados — and for causing other natural disasters. Quipped Keeney,

“If I actually could affect the weather, I’d keep it open.”
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But... but... but...

 

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"You wanna believe its closed? Then I got a bridge ta sell ya." -Jessie Ventura
 

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the sprawling 35-acre ionospheric research facility in remote Gakona, Alaska
I don't really consider 35 acres as sprawling, and in remote Alaska, it is more like inconsequential.
 

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I don't really consider 35 acres as sprawling, and in remote Alaska, it is more like inconsequential.
I live in Manhattan. 35 acres is like the solar system to me.
 

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And there hasn't been a devastating earthquake since then...

Just sayin.
 

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What?

They are shutting down the George W. Bush weather machine, which was specially designed to kill, disenfranchise, and subjugate brown people into lives of utter dependence on the democrat party? How can we allow this?!?
 

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"You wanna believe its closed? Then I got a bridge ta sell ya." -Jessie Ventura
No thanks, I already have twelve. People are practically giving away bridges these days. No one expects you to take the offer, so it's easy to negotiate a low price.
 

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/Does not approve.
 

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(Jesse voice): "Here as I get closer to the facility, armed guards are coming towards me. Will they shoot a former SEAL and Governor??"

Quick answer from being jaded from too many fake reality shows: No. No they won't. And they never do.
 

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(Jesse voice): "Here as I get closer to the facility, armed guards are coming towards me. Will they shoot a former SEAL and Governor??"

Quick answer from being jaded from too many fake reality shows: No. No they won't. And they never do.
If he's doing it in VO, I would say the answer would be no.
 

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(Jesse voice): "Here as I get closer to the facility, armed guards are coming towards me. Will they shoot a former SEAL and Governor??"

Quick answer from being jaded from too many fake reality shows: No. No they won't. And they never do.
Jesse's stupid show should really be called... Taking on the Tyrannical New World Order One Fat, Minimum-Wage Security Guard at a Time.


The best example of this was the time he went to "blow the lid off" the HAARP facility. He shows up at the front gate unannounced and starts getting huffy when the security guard hammerhead won't let him... a former Navy SEAL and governor... waltz right on through.

The security guard was like, "You can call and set up an appointment for a private tour, or you can come back in June when we have our open house. Everybody's welcome. Hot dogs and cotton candy. We'll have a bouncy house too. Bring the kiddies."

And Jesse is like, "They're stonewallin' me! What are they hiding in there?!"