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Old 10-09-2008, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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When driving on the 118 from Simi Valley to Chatsworth at night you can see a bunch of lights on the top of the Santa Susana Mountains (?) that are around Topanga Canyon (if it extended into the mountains). Does anybody know what this is?
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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Santa Susana Field Laboratory for Rocketdyne [highly secret

Santa Susana Field Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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The original poster wrote "Topanga Canyon (if it extended into the mountains)." meaning to the north so it can't be the SSFL.

I think he is referring to Oat Mountain, correctly the Santa Susana range (whereas the SSFL is the easternmost edge of the Simi Hills).

There used to be Nike batteries in that area as well as amatuer radio repeaters, oil rigs, microwave relay stations. If you fly into BUR from the east (as I often do) the flight path often goes right over Oat Mountain and you can see all sorts of equipment up there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nike

"LA-88 Chatsworth-Oak Mountain/1956-(1959)-1974/1B, 2C/HIPAR, SMFU, RRIS
IFC-Located on Oat Mountain. L&A-Located on Brown's Canyon Road. The IFC is now the site of numerous Los Angeles Country radio relay antennas and a PACTEL relay tower. The L&A site is under the control of the State of California and recently (1993) was the location of a California Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Most of the Nike structures remain in good condition at both the IFC and L&A sites. "

from

http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1170549

http://www.nikemissile.org/

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View with Oat Mountain in the far background looking north down Topanga (the white buildings are probably Canoga Park High School)

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:31 PM
 
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porn shoots?
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:14 PM
 
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Yeah, I not talking about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. I've hiked back there and seen parts of that first hand.

Anyhow, thanks for the information. Every time I drive that way at night I wonder what is up there.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:13 PM
 
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In that case, get me an exact location.

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Old 10-18-2011, 12:58 AM
 
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going past the 118 northbound, you will hit poema, turning to the right takes you to twin lakes, and to the left are a few town home complexes, both of which have great views of the valley at night, perhaps that is what you are seeing?
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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going past the 118 northbound, you will hit poema, turning to the right takes you to twin lakes, and to the left are a few town home complexes, both of which have great views of the valley at night, perhaps that is what you are seeing?
Twin Lakes actually used to be two lakes around which homes were advertised for sale back in maybe the 1910s or 1920s. The lakes are dry now. I remember seeing old photos of people in canoes in those lakes.



The would be just north of the 118 between maybe Topanga/Desoto area.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:24 PM
 
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I was stationed at the Iat Mtn Nike/Herc vase from 1972 to 1974. There were two sections to the base. The launcher section where the missles were kept and the radar section which is on top of the mountain. The telephone tower was there then too. We would often conflict with their signal with our radars of which there were 4. The biggest was the “HIPAR”. Hi Power Acquision Radar. It was inside the big white dome you could see. There were two more sites like ours on Malibu and riverside.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:42 PM
 
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I was stationed at the Iat Mtn Nike/Herc vase from 1972 to 1974. There were two sections to the base. The launcher section where the missles were kept and the radar section which is on top of the mountain. The telephone tower was there then too. We would often conflict with their signal with our radars of which there were 4. The biggest was the “HIPAR”. Hi Power Acquision Radar. It was inside the big white dome you could see. There were two more sites like ours on Malibu and riverside.
Didn't you sign a life long nondisclosure agreement? The white thingies are called radomes. They have stuff inside.
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