Below is a picture, from Tinian - 60 Years Ago We Were Here by Andy Nazario, that shows the Japanese radar antenna installation on Mt. Lasu, Tinian. I had always thought that this hill was a base for a large gun, but now I know I was wrong after finding this picture.
For this posting to my blog, I will be discussing the remains of this radar antenna as they appear today. I will discuss each part of the antenna as they are found, as if one was hiking from the Mt. Laso Shinto Shrine to where the radar antenna is now located, below the cliff.
At the top of the hill is a flat cement area, with a large raised circle, about 2 inches high, of cement in the middle of it. In the picture below, you can see the cement top of the hill that the person is standing on. As with most things on a tropical island, they get quickly overgrown with weeds and vines.
The picture below is taken just as you near the top of the small hill. You can see some of the rocks that make up the facing of the side of the hill. Also, near where the people wearing the blue jeans are standing, is some cement that has been broken up from top's flooring.
Another picture of the top of the hill. In the top right corner of the picture, you can see part of the arc of the raised circle that is a major part of the top's flooring.
If you continue to the north, across the top of the hill, there is a small trail that goes down to the base of the hill on the west side. Going down the hill, there is a cut off telephone pole in a square cement base.
On the west side of the antenna hill is the metal base plate that used to hold the antenna, and may have allowed it to rotate. Below is a picture of the metal base plate. Visible in the picture is an electric motor and a gear head of some sort. This picture was taken just a little bit to the south side of the base plate.
The picture below is taken from the north side of the base plate. It gives a clear picture of the gear head on the base plate. Also it shows the rock face of the hill that once held the radar antenna.
In the picture blow is my friend Judy standing next to the base plate.
If you look carefully in the picture of the radar antenna, from World War II, at the start of this posting (click on it to enlarge the image), you will notice a metal frame just below the top of the hill, on the side of the hill. This frame is now located right next to the metal base plate, just to the north of it. I am not sure what it was used for, but it was part of the radar antenna. Below are three pictures of this metal frame.
As you follow the cliff you will come to an old wheeled crane. Go past the crane until you get to the antenna, and try to stay near the cliff. About 100 yards past the crane, at the base of the cliff, is the radar antenna.
The picture below shows part of the gear mechanism that was used to turn the antenna. Just past the middle of the picture is part of the antenna's frame. It is hard in this picture to see the wire mesh that made up the antenna.
The next two pictures show the metal wire mesh that made up the antenna.
The mesh of the wire is about 3 to 4 inches square. The aluminum can in the picture below can be used to get some idea of the wire's mesh size.
The picture below shows the metal slats that held the wire mesh to the frame, with part of the fame showing at the right side of the picture.
In the remains of the radar antenna are two large brown insulators.
The picture below has my hand in it to show the size of the insulators.
Below is a video of the remains of the radar antenna. This video is taken from the upslope side of the antenna.
The picture below shows a person's legs next to the mount to give an idea of its size.
This is the base of the mount, with the metal arms extending to the other side of the base (The arms are not visible in this picture).
Just below the mount, is a large metal ring. It is about 15 to 20 feet down slope from the mount.
I highly recommend this short hike to experience and learn a little bit about the unknown history of World War II.