- You all may or may not know that the WTEN Transmitter was originally located
outside Broadalbin because the station was short spaced with WPRI in Providence.
This was from about 1955 until about 1962 ?? on year. The tower was over 1300 feet
tall so the line of sight of signal could be "seen" in the Hudson Valley. When
the station was able to move the transmitter to the Helderberg Mountains, the
original tower went out on a string of flatcars in 50 foot sections. I never saw this, I heard about
it and assume it to be true. The load point I believe was the team track where
Rt. 30 crossed the ROW.
- Yes, it's true.
This was quite the tower, allegedly taller than the Empire State Building.
Before Channel 10 actually went on the air, I think summer of 57, may have
been a bit earlier or a year later, can't remember how old I was for sure,
myself and a friend started up that tower going to the top. We got to the
twenty-third section on the ladder that went up the middle of the tower
before we were caught. I can remember being wowed by the view. We had gone
out on our bikes to see the tower, which at that time was not yet fenced in.
There were some other kids at the base also, and they, I presume, are the
ones who notified the tech, in the building there, that we were on our way
up. I remember him telling us that if we had fallen they would have to pick
us up with a blotter. We passed two (maybe three) rest sections. These
were grated areas that filled the entire triangle between the outer frame
members, except where the ladder went through. We would swap positions on
the ladder at these locations. I guess the sections to be between 10 and 15
feet each. Needless to say we were up there and could just barely hear the
guy yelling at us from the ground. If I remember there were three sections
to a color band. I don't know when they put the fence around it but the next
time we went out (to get to the top that time) the fence was up. People
didn't lock there doors back then either.
>Subject: [FJGRailroad] WTEN Tower
>Date: 11 Feb 2000 01:54:21 -0000
>You all may or may not know that the WTEN Transmitter was originally
>outside Broadalbin because the station was short spaced with WPRI in
>This was from about 1955 until about 1962 ?? on year. The tower was over
>tall so the line of sight of signal could be "seen" in the Hudson Valley.
>the station was able to move the transmitter to the Helderberg Mountains,
>original tower went out on a string of flatcars in 50 foot sections. I
>never saw this, I heard about
>it and assume it to be true. The load point I believe was the team track
>Rt. 30 crossed the ROW.
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