Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
McPherson Peak Microwave Relay
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District History (1990)
The former McPherson Peak Microwave Relay
annex is located 8 miles southwest of New Cuyama in Santa Barbara
The US Air Force acquired a special use
permit from Los Padres National Forest on 20 December 1963.
The McPherson Peak Microwave Relay Annex was constructed by the
U.S. Air Force in the early 1960's to test the feasibility of
a microwave communications relay linking Edwards Air Force Base
with Vandenberg Air Force Base. The former facility is believed
to have consisted of a microwave tower, equipment shed, and diesel
generator with fuel storage. No records were available which
indicated the exact layout of the facility and equipment.
The use of the former microwave relay annex was discontinued
in early 1965. The special use permit was relinquished and transferred
back to the U.S. Forest Service on 5 February 1965.
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