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Occurred : 6/26/2002 13:00 (Entered as : 06/26/02 13:00)
Reported: 6/28/2002 4:08:27 PM 16:08
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Mercury, NV
Shape: Other
Duration:20 minutes
High power broadband radio transmission observed near Area 51

We were travelling in a two car convoy on highway 95 east of Mercury, NV on both 6/23/02 and on 6/26/02. We used 14 channel hand-held radios, available at Radio Shack, for comm between vehicles. On both the trip North and on the return trip South we noticed very strong broadband radio interference with both our radios for a period of tens of minutes (while travelling about 75 MPH) in the vicinity of Mercury, NV, which is about 30 miles east of Area 51.

I have tested these radios and they break the preset squelch at a distance of about 2 miles, broadcasting an estimated 500 mW at roughly 440 MHz. The interference we observed broke the squelch many times on the radios as we travelled. IF the distance between us and the transmitting antenna was 30 miles when this happened, the transmitter, apparently located in Area 51 would have been transmitting at least 5 KW in a narrow band of one channel.

I observed that the interference occured in all 14 bands of our radios, so this would indicated a broadband transmission of at least 70 KW to achieve this phenomenon. The total power from the transmitter could be much higher, depending on the actual bandwidth in use and location of the transmitting antenna.

It is well known that typical military broadband radios transmit only a few watts or less.

The only use I know of for very high power broadband radio transmissions is to transmit over extreme distances. I once calculated that I could transmit a receivable signal over 2 million miles (the distance to Mars at close approach) with only a few hundred milliwatts of output power if I used a broad bandwidth of 10 MHz. I cannot guess what would require the kind of broadband power that I observed near Area 51.

((NUFORC Note: Although we have seen no convincing evidence that Area 51/Groom Lake in Nevada is related to the UFO phenomenon, we include this report, nevertheless, principally because the witness who submitted the report is well know to us, and he is highly qualified in the field of electrical engineering and communication theory. PD))