I’m sure you remember the TRC-24 microwave shot to “TEXAS” across the Mekong at Savannakhet. That was only one of the ‘end-users’. I was under Pacific Engineering cover and was a communications officer for the CIA on that side of the river.
One of my responsibilities was the operation and maintenance of the TRC-24 link we used for our RTTY circuit through Phu MU.
The other use of this link was the feed from AFRS Radio, which I rigged for low-lever rebroadcast
on our side of the river. The ability to receive the FM rebroadcast in Savannakhet was of great enjoyment to us expats until
somebody found the signal and told me to desist. From then on I would activate the signal periodically instead of having it
up 24/7. My supervision told me to just go ahead, but it became a political issue to a degree.
Unfortunately, and for obvious reasons I don’t have any pictures of the site and the
equipment. Wish I did, because this was about the most intense two years of my life! I have many other pictures and slides
of other details, but none of the site which we called Camp Naseng. This was the headquarters of the
CIA Unit, logistics base and training hqs. Outside of Savannakhet we serviced a training camp (SGU for local troops and teams.
I found your site while
researching the TRC-24 equipment, without, I add, with much success. There are few pictures of the gear, more pics of the
Anyway, I thought you might be interested in what was happening at the other end of one of
the TRC links. I never had the opportunity to visit Phu Mu, but I talked to operators there whenever there were link outages
or other maintenance issues.
It is kind of interesting to ‘fill in the blanks’ on some of this. I am now retired,
living in Calaveras Country in California. In many respects we are brothers
in arms. I still belong to the Air American Association, and when I can, I attend their annual reunion. I am also a member
of China Post 1 of the American Legion.