Re: [coldwarcomms] VOA Greenville, NC
- Tom Scanlan wrote:
>I was with a crew staged in the AT&T Wilmington NC POP in 1996 during
> FWIW, just saw a report on CNN that some of Hurricane Irene's roughest
> winds were due to slice thru the area between Greenville and
> Washington, NC. VOA's receive/transmit facility east of Greenville was
> the subject of some discussion recently...
> Hoped to grab a look-see at this facility sometime this fall. Have
> been to the 2,000' shared use tower for the NBC and CBS stations
> there, as well as ABC's separate big stick, but never got a chance to
> see the VOA set-up.
> I wonder what will be left after Irene?
hurricane Bertha. I believe this storm was a category 2 when it passed
over Wilmington. The track took it right over Greenville so Washington
was saw the a bit stronger winds. I don't recall hearing of any major
tower damage but there was a lot of flooding in that area.
Bertha's eye passed right over the POP. A local anemometer showed gusts
at 120 mph as the eye approached but within maybe five minutes all was
calm. We open the door and saw clear blue sky overhead so we know we
were in the eye. Maybe 10 minutes or so later the winds reversed
direction moving lots of derbies that had moved down the street back up
Floyd hit the same area in 1999 just a month after I retired so I was
100+ miles inland for that one. The biggie for my area just east of
Charlotte was in Hugo in 1989. That storm took this area by surprise as
they usually greatly weaken after traveling over so much land. I saw
100+ mph winds on my anemometer up on my tower at 100 feet before the
power went off. Then the winds blew stronger laying over several very
old oak trees. There was no service outage at the microwave sites
around the area but fuel did have to be hauled to several sites after
the generators ran for a few days. These sites were acquired at
divestiture so didn't have the large tanks most AT&T engineered sites
had. The turbines at the Stanfield hardened site ran for I believe 5
days before commercial power was restored. I'm fairly sure that was the
longest duration run they ever saw there. Maybe they saw more when they
were taken out when the site was closed an put on restoration platforms
to be shipped wherever needed. One of the turbines was airlifted to
Northridge CA to restore service after the earthquake in 95.