DEWLINE HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION
- POW-3 at BULLEN POINT Alaska, is situated at an altitude of approximately 6 feet above sea level. Bullen Point, on the mainland, faces Flaxman Island (the radio call name for POW-3) and consists of generally low swampy tundra. this Auxiliary Radar Station occupies 620 acres and is the lowest site insofar as elevation is concerned on the DEW Line. The airstrip lies on higher ground, some 10 feet above the terrain at the module train.
- Annual precipitation, including snowfall is approximately 11 inches. Snowfall, greatest during January and October is about 25 inches a year. Mean daily temperatures run between a minimum of plus 3.8 to a maximum of plus 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
- To provide a constant source of potable water during the cold season, a round trip water haul of approximately 3 miles is maintained during the summer. A 250,000 gallon steel water tank located near the module train is filled during this period. The content of the tank is kept from freezing by circulating water through it from a hot water boiler rated at 1,500,000 BTU per hour capacity.
By Clive Beckmann
POW-3 is listed as ‘DEW Operations ceased Apr 1995’. Ref ‘Surestop Tropo Upgrades’, FOX-1 was closed and the FRC-102 equipment was shipped to Alaska to upgrade the BAR Main/POW-2 link, thereby allowing the closure of POW-3. This happened in 1971. The new link became operational in 1972, so POW-3 ceased DEW Operations shortly prior to then. I don’t remember the month but I was stationed at POW Main at the time and recall the switch.
Construction Era Photos for POW-3.
The pictures below were selected from the extensive collection of Markham Cheever, the DEWLine’s Superintendent of Construction from 1953 to 1957, before the Line went operational. (Click on picture to enlarge.)
The people in the photos below, also from the Markham Cheever collection, are displayed in the hopes that someone may recognize a father, grandfather, or friend who was involved in the construction of this particular DEWLine site. (Click on picture to enlarge.)