834Re: [coldwarcomms] Unusual AT&T microwave station
- Apr 4 2:13 PMAt 01:59 AM 3/31/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Buckingham, PA is in the middle of the wealthiest part of BucksI was told by a manager with Speciality Constructors (purchased by american
>County, PA...the county with the densest population of millionaires
>in the US. When AT&T wanted to put a tower there, the only way
>they got local approval was to make it as accptable to the local
>tastes as possible, or so the story goes that I was told. Clearly it
>wasn't a hardened concrete tower like the one at Mercersburg,
>PA...and since I used to be the Outside Plant Engineer for Bell
>Atlantic that covered that part of Bucks County, I can say that
>there are no defense-related facilities that might have been part of
>any special AT&T system in the area.
tower) that American Tower had bought all of AT&T's microwave towers. I
suggested that maybe he meant cellular towers, but he was sure the backbone
microwave towers were part of the deal.
>Space diversity? When the old troposcatter system went down, that was the
>Other interesting AT&T towers I have seen are along the Ohio
>Turnpike, where they are rectangular buildings, and also right at the
>entrance to the Florida Keys, where there is another rectangular
>masonry building with bays at different levels for horns. I was never
>able to figure out where the other end of the link was...driving down
>to Key West, I never saw another AT&T building...maybe the bays
>pointing that way were for future expansion that was never built.
only link in and out of the keys- Now they have fiber of course.
Patton Turner Telecom Engineer- FAA Telecommunications
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