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Built: 06 May 2004 Last update: 31 Oct 2016  No longer updated
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
The Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope
Socorro, New Mexico
 
NRAO personal webpages for Paul Harden (NA5N), FE Lab
NRAO/VLA employee 19772016.  Now retired.
Run mouse over photo                   Photo courtesy Jeff Goldin
New security measures in place.
VLA being protected by Imperial Stormtroopers
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VLA PHOTO GALLERY
Photos taken over the years of the VLA/EVLA
by retired employee Paul Harden
and placed here for you to use and amuse
click here
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GENERAL PHOTOS OF THE VLA
Photos of the VLA taken over the years
VLA array, transporter and moving antennas, photos of the
     receivers inside antenna in Vertex Room
>   Some HDR photos of the VLA (high dynamic range)
EVLA PHOTOS
Photos of the current upgraded VLA (Expanded VLA or EVLA)
> EVLA photos of the array, fiber optic system, inside the
    Vertex Room, microwave receivers, and installing receivers
> The WIDAR Correlator
> Antenna photos (array and on the antenna)
EVLA CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS
Photos of the 2004-2012 upgrade of the VLA electronics
> Antenna Mechanics at work
> Removing old VLA receivers, "A" Rack and "F" Rack
> Removing the LO/IF "B" Rack; gutted Vertex Room
 
LEGACY PHOTOS OF THE ORIGINAL VLA
Photos of the original VLA prior to the EVLA upgrade
Legacy photos of the old waveguide system, the "D" racks in the
   Control Building,  Master Local Oscillator (MLO) racks, 
   Modcomp computers, MK3 VLBI, etc.
 
 
SKETCHES OF OLD VLA AND VOYAGER FLYBY
Pencil sketches and cartoons drawn by Paul Harden (retired)
of the "old" VLA system
> Sketches of the old ModComp computers, MK-III VLBI, Voyager
    fly-by equipment, etc.
Cartoons of the legacy "Rattlesnake memos," commemorative
     events, and other sillyness (.pdf file)
 
 
VLA "R.I.P" PHOTOS
Photos of antenna #10 (EA10) ... the last VLA antenna to be gutted and rebuilt to the EVLA upgrade.
Moving EA10 into the barn with transporter
Removing the old VLA feed horns, receivers and LO/IF racks
     from the dish and Vertex Room
 
 
SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE VLA
Pencil sketches by Paul Harden of the "old" VLA system, ModComp computers, MK-III VLBI, Voyager fly-by equipment, etc.
B-17 bombs the VLA
The Great Socorro Hailstorm Oct. 5, 2004
NRAO 50th Anniversary June 14, 2007
Dedication of Domenici Array Operations Center June 2, 2008