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September 23, 2015
kokee radar plan view

Kokee State Parking lot, Kauai, HI is inside FAA safe distance for this high power, high gain pulsed microwave radar.

kokee state park


Safe distance from the Kokee AN/FPS-117 radar:  530 meters = 1730 feet. Visitors are standing 900 feet or less from this radar.
This is based on average power, FCC does not even address peak pulsed power (which I believe is worse)
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More birds fall

“LIHUE — The U.S. Air Force said it is still working to address a lighting issue at its Kokee [RADAR]station that has led to more than 120 fallen endangered seabirds.

Over the weekend and Monday, 13 birds were taken into care after dropping from the sky around the 10-acre Kokee Air Force [RADAR] Station, bringing the total number of downed birds to 126.

One death was reported, bringing that count to 10. The majority of the injured or killed are Newell’s shearwaters, although Hawaiian petrels have also been affected.

Anastasia Wasem, spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force stationed in Alaska, said Monday the Air Force is trying to pinpoint what led to the sudden rash of falls.[CHECK THE RADAR DUMBASSES]

“In the short term, we turned off all the exterior lights[NOW NOBODY CAN SEE] we can at night,” she said. “It’s not an elimination, but there has been a pretty big reduction.”

The problem is believed to be misdirected lights[BS] combined with foggy weather[REFRACTION FROM RADAR HEATING & SHOCKING BIRDS]. Shearwaters fly over land at night and can become distracted by lights, causing them to hit manmade objects or fly until exhaustion. If they fall to the ground in either case, they become vulnerable to predators have a difficult flying again because they need copious amount of space and wind to launch.

Wasem said nobody is aware how or why the lights were positioned incorrectly — if that is the case[DIVERSION FROM REAL PROBLEM]

“We want to know the answer to that, too,” she said. “If we know that reason, we can help mitigate it more. But right now, we’re” unsure.

Lights should be pointed at the ground [that makes a lot of sense] as not to reflect in the sky for the sensitive birds.

“It’s possible a storm came through and changed the lighting just a little bit,” Wasem added.

Last week, around 80 birds fell over the course of a few days. Officials called the situation unusual[no shit] because they are adult birds, experienced fliers that rarely have such trouble. Around a dozen birds would usually fall in a year before fledgling season begins. Fledgling season starts today and runs until Dec. 15 and is when newborn birds take flight for the first time. The youngsters are more susceptible to disorientation and accidents.”

Radar station is in my database:

From → Biology, Geophysics

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