RE: [coldwarcomms] Re: WT4 Waveguide test Netcong to Long Valley
Thanks for the update.
I've got some feelers out about the outcome of the Waveguides after the test. Only found out the test ran through 1976.
At this point I continue to find more about the systems tested there.
It does not look like too many people worked or visited the Netcong site. A little frustrating but understandable too.
If you ever come across anyone from Netcong I'd like to talk to them.
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2010 21:48:44 +0000
Subject: [coldwarcomms] Re: WT4 Waveguide test Netcong to Long Valley
To my knowledge, WT4 test right-of-way was not an easement, but was purchased outright by Long Lines.
This was done in anticipation of extending the test route into the Philadelphia-District of Columbia corridor when traffic demand became sufficient to fully load all 57 of WT4's DS4 transponders. That would be 4,032 x 57 = 229,824 equivalent voice-circuits; with the prospect of doubling that capacity by the use of quadrature modulation. Almost half a million circuits on a single system? Big stuff in the '70s.
Obviously, Long Line's crystal ball was somewhat cloudy with regard to WT4. The million dollar question: Is the pipe still in the ground, or did they dig it all up? Five microns of copper plating inside a 60 mm steel tube wouldn't have justified it. - waw -
"Roger Hendrixson" <roger.hendrixson@...> wrote:
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> I'll see if I can locate the test easement cable marker next trip to the Netcong site. There are 5 20 foot easements from the underground building on record. I have seen the WT4 blue prints now stored at the Netcong Outside Plant building.
> Anyone recall how or where the WT4 was configured from the tower to the building? and which equipment handled the tests?
> "widebandit" <widebandit@> wrote:
> > The route came off the Netcong bluff to the SE and paralleled the 206 heading SW. At about mid-point the route crossed under the 206 and ran SE of Bartley Road; then terminated south of East Mill Road and east of Fairmount Road.
> > I'm not sure if this is the place, but it looks like a good candidate:
> > <http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qsxm3m8s1jff&lvl=19.478203235672715&dir=5.255334734271526&sty=b>
> > One of the Jersey boys may be able to check it out.
> > There's a cartoon map of the route in the Bell Labs Record WT4 article posted on the documents page of Albert LaFrance's Long-Lines.net website:
> > <http://long-lines.net/documents/blr1175/blr405.html>
> > That's about the best I can do from here - waw -
> > "Roger Hendrixson" <roger.hendrixson@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Any better information on this test route and where in Long valley it terminated?
> > >