Built in 1918,the radio towers, known to locals as the "Eiffel Towers," provided key defense communications to U.S. ships and submarines during World War II but ceased broadcasting in 1996. The Navy bought the property - where the Wright brothers had tested experimental planes - in 1909.The towers are currently owned and used by Anne Arundle County for their emergency communication system utilizing the 800MHZ band.The towers are 600 feet tall and are also used as a navigational aid for boaters.The land is still owned by the Navy and is currently used as a wildlife refuge.Talks are now in the early stages of developing the land for use as a wind farm with 300 foot wind turbines.
Those are truly historic landmarks and great fixed navigation aids. If I remember correctly some of the most important messages of the ETO and Atlantic during the war were from those towers. Thanks.
Hey Bob ... for more "Navy Towers", check out: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1279901 ... (not my photo), but it's the VLF communication location in Cutler Maine ... I've driven by there a lot, but never stopped to catch a better shot than this one ... just looking over my shoulder for "employees" of Homeland Security, asking why I would be taking such a photo ... Y'all have a great day, Wally
Wally, That Cutler photo is quite the array! Thanks for sharing! When I first started on towers I worked on some big rotating log periodic antennas and others out in NE for the AF. Now my work involves mainly cellular comms on smaller towers. Cheers!Bob
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