Kulusuk Greenland
DYE-4

DEWLINE HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION

Topography Climate Water

PHOTOS

Weather Equipment Panel courtesy Jim Kizak

Tele Greenland & Naviair Equipment circa 1998

Tele Greenland & Naviair Equipment circa 1998 another view

Ed Marg taking a break 1962 courtesy Ed Marg

Aerial view circa 1987 courtesy Randy Lake

Radome Maintenance July 1970 courtesy Philip Nirschl

Radome Maintenance another view courtesy Philip Nirschl

The Storm of ' 73 Story and Photos courtesy Mike Shaw

DYE-4 as it is today Aerial view
Photo courtesy Preben Bjornsholm

DYE-4 aerial view looking out to sea
Photo courtesy Preben Bjornsholm

Aeriel view of main building Circa 1960
Photo courtesy Torben Dahl

Road to DYE-4 circa 1960
Photo courtesy Torben Dahl

Mess Hall at DYE-4 circa 1960
Photo courtesy Torben Dahl

The following 7 photos and comments courtesy of Fred Teeter

(1) DYE-4 1977 The Sector SC&E was Lee Santoleri, hellofa good guy. ITT had the DEW Line supply and maintenance contract under a subsidiary called Felec Services, Inc. (FSI), out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. My uncle, Rodney Gray, was FSI president. DYE 4 was on the edge of a cliff overlooking the N. Atlantic with a nice clear shot with the tropospheric scatter radio antennae toward Keflavik, Iceland, and looking west, of course, toward DYE 3 on the icecap. This photo gives a good, close-in view of the entire site in profile. Note the anemometer atop a wood pole in the foreground. It frequently blew off in the more than 150 knot gusts we observed at the console. The entire station was wrapped in steel cable anchored to bed rock, so it wouldn't blow away. During storms, I remember that the radome tower used to sway so much that the wheeled chair on which I sat during console duty would roll around the floor.

(2) DYE-4 1977 Our radio antenna for transmitting to and receiving from aircraft was right behind me. Which reminds me of a story. A follow console operator by the name of Paul Tomaszewski at DYE 3 once told a very bored Japan Airlines pilot who inquired that we were loggers. "Loggers?!" replied the pilot, "There aren't any trees there!" Said Paul, "Don't we do a good job?" it was funny at the time - you had to be there. By the way, the previous photo (1) was taken "down the hill" a bit to the right. This shot gives you some idea of how beautiful the vistas were. Our location atop Kulusuk Island is one of the most breath-taking places I've been. Given the amount of daylight and the fact that I was outside, it must have been spring.

(3) DYE-4 1977 This shot makes me wistful. It was taken from the plane window as I was leaving Kulusuk Island and DYE 4 for the last time in 1977. You can clearly see the station at the top of the hill and the access road leading down to Kap Dan, the eskimo village, and the Danish maintenance station.

(4) DYE-4 1977 A closer shot of the DYE 4 radome tower and tropo antenna with the last vestiges of a sunset behind the station.

(5) DYE-4 1977 One of DYE 4's most interesting architectural features was the Radio Terminal Building (RTB), unique among the various Greenland and Alaska stations at which I served. I don't know why the original designers/engineers decided that the radio equipment should be somewhere other than the main station building, but it was. I suspect that the equipment originally was in the main building, but was moved to the RTB later when the Air Force upgraded the tropo scatter gear. Anyway, our situation, atop a 1,000 ft high N. Atlantic cliff where the wind could be absolutely ferocious coming off the water, made getting to and from anything outside a very dicey proposition. Therefore, the tunnel you see in the left foreground, which connected the RTB with the main station. I have one very poorly lit picture of the interior of the tunnel. I have no shots of the inside of the RTB, which I recall visiting just once. I do remember that a Klystron sprang a leak once there and a bunch of our techs ended up tramping around in PCBs for the better part of two days. I'm not in touch with any of them anymore (don't even recall their names), but I occasionally wonder if any of them contracted cancer from dealing with that stuff. I'm not sure that the whole PCB scare was ever accurate, actually, but I do wonder. The beautiful N. Atlantic is in the background, of course.

(6) DYE-4 1977 Like photo (1), this is a profile of DYE 4 taken farther down the hill toward Kap Dan. The tall thin vertical towers between the two tropo scatter antennae to the left are the aircraft radio towers I mentioned earlier.

(7) DYE-4 1977 Just a great close-in view of the station. Loved that place.

Operations Console AN/FSA-26 (Front) courtesy Fred Teeter

Operations Console AN/FSA-26 (Rear) courtesy Fred Teeter

Weather Monitoring Equipment courtesy Fred Teeter

Teletype Equipment courtesy Fred Teeter

Power Generation Equipment courtesy Fred Teeter

Diesel Generators courtesy Fred Teeter

Tropo towers courtesy Fred Teeter