Paul remembers the FLR-9 “Elephant Cage” in Misawa Japan

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul, who writes:

I was a morse intercept operator in the USAF in the late 1960s. I have a nice picture of a FLR-9 at Misawa Japan (now gone I think):

I was at Misawa from 68-70 in the USAF Security Service. I copied high speed code, mostly cut numbers. Got my ham license after discharge. I had 3 R390 receivers at my “position” and numerous different “antennas” on the FLR-9 to listen in different directions. While there I received a commendation for: “Providing information that otherwise would not have been known” I’m not sure I can say any more details.

To me [this photo] shows the immensity of the antenna.
Thanks.
Paul

Yes–this antenna is enormous! It must be a site to see up close. I’ve only seen Wullenweber Antennas from satellite imagery. Thank you so much for sharing your photo!

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4 thoughts on “Paul remembers the FLR-9 “Elephant Cage” in Misawa Japan

  1. Harald Kuhl

    These huge antennas are for receiving and direction finding only. We still have one operating here in Germany near the city of Augsburg.

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  2. Verne Anderson

    I used to go to Chicksands AFB in U.K. In the 80’s. It’s gone now. There is a lot of info with pictures on the web of these antennas.

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