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Old 09-15-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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West Virginia's 'Quiet Zone' becomes refuge for those on the run from wireless technology -- Engadget

Anybody know exactly where this is or have anymore insight about it?
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:52 PM
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It's around the Green Bank radio astronomy observatory in Pocahontas county. The radio signal coming in from outer space is really weak, so interference from earth-based signals needs to be kept to a minimum. The detectors themselves are cooled with (IIRC) liquid nitrogen to minimize noise. Gasoline cars aren't allowed at the observatory because of the emissions from the spark plugs.

It's worth visiting if you're into astronomy, though it is quite a trek to get there.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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Ot's worth visoting even of you are not in astronomy. green Bank observatory has the biggest moving radio telescope in the world. It is a satellite dish a size of football stadium. It looks unreal.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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They have a nice tour, exhibits, etc. And the big dish is really impressive.

Also impressive is to ride the Cass Railroad to Bald Knob, and look down on the GBT from above.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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National Radio Quiet Zone

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They have a nice tour, exhibits, etc. And the big dish is really impressive.
I have to rib my wife's WV-living brother from time to time, saying the WV state flower is a broken satellite dish. We stopped there on our way through (honestly just to go to the bathroom initially) and passed a few minutes looking at the exhibits. The gift shop had a postcard showing a former radio telescope and we bought it to send him, inscribing the message "I didn't know the state flower grew this big!" His wife wasn't too amused though.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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Just think how well that dish would do in a 2m moonbounce setup!
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:47 PM
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Ot's worth visoting even of you are not in astronomy. green Bank observatory has the biggest moving radio telescope in the world. It is a satellite dish a size of football stadium. It looks unreal.
It is indeed unreal. Pictures totally fail to capture the size of the dish. It looks particularly impressive if you're there when people are up on the dish working.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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We had went on a field trip during my 5th and 6th Grade year in Elementary up to the Telescopes. and the pictures you will find on the internet arent nothing until you see them, and the Big Telescope up in person. Its huge, and Interesting.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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Another good view of the Green Bank Telescopes is to take the Cass Train to Bald Knob, and then look *down* at them.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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We had went on a field trip during my 5th and 6th Grade year in Elementary up to the Telescopes. and the pictures you will find on the internet arent nothing until you see them, and the Big Telescope up in person. Its huge, and Interesting.
My dads company built the "big" telescope. He took me up to the very top of it when I was like 10, and we looked down on the actual dish part. It looks like a giant white bowl haha
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