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John

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This question will not make sense to most of Little Rock’s crew. 

 

Was “STEAMVALVE” patched through the AN/SSC-6 system?

 

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Here’s a little more information.

 

I believe STEAMVALVE is an acronym for Secure Tactical Electronic Amplitude Modulated Voice Actuated Long-range Vestigial Emanations. 

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I believe STEAMVALVE was more commonly known as LAITHOL.



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It appears Mr. Berglas knows too much and the National Security Agency (NSA) will be contacting him.  There were very few Navy technicians trained to deal with whatever it is.

 

Although, if you ever heard someone talking as if they were underwater and blowing bubbles, you might be getting close. 

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John:

I will start looking behind my doors before I enter the house.  However, my knowledge of this I-will-tell-you-but-then-I-have-to-kill-you stuff is limited to the information I cited above. 

It, as far as I recall, stands for Longest Acronym In The History Of Language.

Now that I've spilled all the beans I can (pun intended) would you kindly ask the NSA to retire from my case?  Many thanks.  Frank. 


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Hey Frank;

 

Too bad, sometimes you just step in it.

 

I believe LAITHOL is an obscure character from “Lord of the Rings” and was chosen to be the acronym for an ongoing top secret project at Honeywell.

 

You still might have time to move to Canada.

 

My best advice is to just tell the guys you have no knowledge of “Latitudinal Angular Invectives using Technicolor Holographic Optical Lasers.”

 

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After looking around on the web for help, I think I’ll take a shot at John’s question and say the answer to is “Yes!, STEAMVALVE can be patched through the AN/SSC-6 system".

It would appear that the AN/SSC-6 is (or was) a secure super high frequency satellite communications (SHF SATCOM) system installed aboard Navy ships. It was part of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS).

I’ll take a guess that STEAMVALVE is (or was) some type of voice communication system that can utilize the AN/SSC-6 secure links for two-way voice coms.

If I’m wrong, then the answer to John’s question is ”No!”.

Sorry, but that is the best I can do. Missile Techs don't normally dabble in the mundane.

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Hey Frank;

 

Too bad, sometimes you just step in it.

 

I believe LAITHOL is an obscure character from “Lord of the Rings” and was chosen to be the acronym for an ongoing top secret project at Honeywell.

 

You still might have time to move to Canada.

 

My best advice is to just tell the guys you have no knowledge of “Latitudinal Angular Invectives using Technicolor Holographic Optical Lasers.”



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It doesn't become a Missile Tech to get involved with such minutiae, I agree.  You were trained for higher conquests.

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Frank,

You are SOOOO right.  Missile Techs deal only with the things that matter. The things that make this country great! The things that are the glue and fabric of Society.

I'd like to elaborate somewhat more on this, but my wife wants me to take out the trash!

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"Vestigial Emanations", would certainly be a possibility, but probably wouldn't have been appreciated.  Of course, like Art, FTs were not in the habit of dealing with low frequency devices.  We left that up to the Gunner's Mates.

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Not to underrate the value of a missile tech, but it might be more authoritative if a radioman or crypto tech who worked with STEAMVALVE could confirm the interface with SATCOM.  I don’t remember the configuration capabilities, although like Art, I suspect the systems could be linked.         

 

From http://jproc.ca/crypto/systems.html:

STEAMVALVE - The acronym means Secure Tactical Electronic Amplitude Modulated Voice Actuated Long-range Vestigial Emanations.  A shipboard HF secure voice system whose crypto component was a KG-13.  No other info is available at this time.

 

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I just started a new topic related to this one. The new topic is "Secure, Long-Range, Voice Comms in 1967".
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