April 7, 2014
A probable Chinese signals intelligence (SIGINT) intercept site has been identified 2 miles south of the village of Yangzhen (40-06-15N 116-51-16E) adjacent to the scenic Han Shiqiao Shidi Nature Preserve. The Yangzhen site is situated about 20 miles northeast of downtown Beijing.
According to the latest commercial satellite imagery available on Google Maps, the barbed wire-enclosed 50-acre site consists of two multistory operations/technical control buildings, a smaller administration/support buildings, and three to four barracks and a dining hall.At the southern end of the site is a extensive entry control and security facility which keeps unwanted visitors out of the facility.
In the southwest corner of the site is the site’s antenna field, which houses nine parabolic dish antennas, as well as 2-3 high-frequency (HF) radio antenna towers. Three of the parabolic dish antennas are quite large, probably in the range of 15- to 17-meters, or more than 50-feet wide.
These three large parabolic antennas are all oriented to the north, which in and of itself is quite unusual since the intercept antennas at most SATCOM intercept sites is oriented to the south because communications satellites in geosynchronous orbits are parked 22,000 miles above the equator.
Lending further credence to the fact that …read more