Anyone know anything about the old Western Union WESTAR earth stations? Went
out to burn some gas and put a bunch of miles on the car this afternoon and
drove out to the old Estill Fork, Alabama site. The satellite dish and
microwave terminal tower are both still there... the dish is around 20 feet
diameter, fully adjustable in all directions, and the tower is about 50 or
60 feet tall with two solid parabolic dishes at the top. My records note
that this is 11 GHz radio up to a microwave relay station on top of the
mountain (the earth station is located in a deep pocket in the middle of
nowhere), which then goes on towards Atlanta on 6 GHz.
The facility is now the "Paint Rock Cove" or something like that hunting
lodge. Bet that dish gets ALL the channels. :)
Sorry, no pictures, the sun was in the wrong place. I'll have to go back
sometime late in the afternoon, otherwise nothing would turn out properly. I
did also drive by the microwave relay site on top of the mountain, it has
been disassembled and the tower and four dishes are laying on the ground.
Apparently the National Weather Service acquired the site from WU in the
1990s, 'cause in 1997 they put up the Hytop, Alabama WSR-88D radar there
Which brings up a question - what frequency band does the WSR-88D use?