Conelrad in Boston area

A. Joseph Ross
Wed Nov 21 23:24:49 EST 2007

On 21 Nov 2007 at 17:55, Ric Werme wrote:

> IIRC (and I was only 11 years old or so), my father told me that
> the idea behind Conelrad was to keep shifting transmitters so that the
> enemy wouldn't have time to get a fix one before things shifted to the
> next.  The frequencies were far from secret - for a while the Conelrad
> logo was on the AM dial at appropriate points so you knew where to
> tune to before ducking and covering.

The frequencies to listen to weren't secret, but the transmitter 
locations were.  Of course, since the locations of the regular radio 
stations in the area weren't secret, one would assume that an 
incoming bomber might know those targets.

The whole system was based on the idea that an enemy was going to 
bomb us from planes and actually try to target the source of a radio 
signal.  It was made obsolete by ICBMs.   

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