Re: Pentagon Microwave Links
- Looking further I discovered another Pentagon microwave route to Ft Monroe posted 10 years ago.
snippet from post #5091:
"RCA equipment was similar to the first military (Army Signal Corps)
microwave system developed during or just after WW-II. It was designated something like AN/TRC-6. This system was used for a link between the Pentagon and Fort Monroe, VA, which was placed in service on an experimental basis around 1946-47, and continued in operation for years. In its early days, at least, the repeater stations were manned."
Albert is quoted on this website posting:
I am familiar with the Amburg(repeater) area & I asked an old timer from there, here is the reply:
"It was there during the war with 2 soldiers stationed there doing whatever they do. It was on North End Road on Tom Crittenden's property about a mile from us as the crow flies. The remains of the building are still in the field but the tower is gone."
Amburg in that day was very rural & isolated;I'm sure the farmers & watermen were quite surprised & confused about this installation.
More on the AN/TCR-6:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
> I ran across this mention of a microwave link between Andrews AFB & the Pentagon in a 1971 GAO report:
> "According to a DCA official, there are 12 spare
> channels in a Government owned microwave system between
> the Pentagon and Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland"
> Other alledged Pentagon links in previous posts include Ft Bragg, Site E, & Mt Weather; I'd guess there were others over the years.
> Anyone know of other links, documented or suspected?
> It would be neat to have a chronological list someday with the RF & Mux gear used.
>"RCA equipment was similar to the first military (Army Signal Corps)FWIW , per a couple of Army organization orders, this route was made a part of ACACA(Army Command and Administrative Communications Agency) in March 1955, and discontinued in June 1958.
>microwave system developed during or just after WW-II. It was designated something like AN/TRC-6. >This system was used for a link between the Pentagon and Fort Monroe, VA, which was placed in >service on an experimental basis around 1946-47, and continued in operation for years. In its early >days, at least, the repeater stations were manned."
"PENTAGON-FORT MONROE RADIO RELAY SYSTEM. effective 1
June 1958, the Pentagon-Fort Monroe Radio Relay System, an activity of the
U S Army Command and administrative System Is discontinued."
There is a dearth of information on ACACA online; this pub:
"ACACA History: A History of the Army Command and Administrative Communications Agency from 1899 to 1956
1956 - 112 pages"
It would probably connect a lot of dots,but only mentioned online, no excerpts or download available; anyone ever see a copy?; probably in a few military and/or libraries.