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Nice shots of the microwave tower. My records
http://www1.shore.net/~mfoster/Sites.htm show an AT&T AUTOVON site named
Delta very close to the Scipio tower. The town of Delta is about 25 miles
due west of the Town of Scipio. Might they be the same site?
Your Delta Autovon pictures are at the URLs
The Autovon site is grown over with weeds, I'm afraid.
The Fiber marker in the foreground of one of the shots
is a fiber line for Worldcom that passes through the property.
The site is currently owned by the local rural telecom, Citizen's
Telephone. I looked for any sort of nuclear detonation detectors on
either site, and thought for a while that I had found some at the
Autovon site, but I think they're just plain old ugly weird-shaped
There are also three shots of the AT&T tower next
This tower spans the AT&T SLC-Los Angeles fiber, which also
goes through this site. This site also used to bounce traffic
to another site at Leamington Summit, and from Leamington
east over the mountains. If you still have the URL showing
the microwave route (http://www.qsl.net/kf4lhp/telco/maps/fpfm.jpg)
you'll note a small jog in the lower microwave path in Utah.
Traffic here went from Salt Lake City (the upper transcontinental
traffic path) west to Scipio, then split paths at Scipio. One path
went south to Meadow, then over to a site in the Confusion Mountains.
The other path from Scipio went to Delta. At Delta, one path went
west across the Nevada desert. The other path went to Leamington, then
to Ephraim Summit (10,000 ft. + high) then to Green River, and then
The Autovon site was built by AT&T, to government specs, and
serviced by AT&T techs onsite in Delta/AT&T, but was kept separate
from the other site, and run by the government, apparently.
I don't know if there was ever a microwave path
between the Autovon site, and anywhere special, but I suspect there
was a connection of some sort between the two towers. The tower that
sits on top of the site doesn't look as if it's up to spec for
I will eventually build a page for the Delta pictures, and others, when
I get more in the can. I've decided to try and photograph as
many of them as I can during February. The American Tower sale
closes March 1, and I suspect some of the more centrally-located
sites will have the microwave antennas taken down soon after as they
are converted to PCS/Cellular/Broadcast use. I will have a link off
of the Scipio site that you have already visited when that happens.
--- Mark Foster <mfoster@...> wrote:
> Visited your site at:=====
> Nice shots of the microwave tower. My records
> http://www1.shore.net/~mfoster/Sites.htm show an AT&T AUTOVON site
> Delta very close to the Scipio tower. The town of Delta is about 25
> due west of the Town of Scipio. Might they be the same site?
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> went south to Meadow, then over to a site in the Confusion Mountains.Sorry...the site was in the Cricket Mountains...not that it matters to
Another site was in the Confusion Mountains, "down the road a piece"....
Thanks for posting those pictures and descriptions. I, too, am very
interested in the old AT&T microwave routes.
The Autovon site is particularly interesting. It looks like quite a large
building, and has an architectural style I've never seen before. Are there
any defense installations in the area?
The FCC database shows three stations in the Delta area. There's the
AUTOVON station and the station adjacent to it, and another station about 5
miles to the NW in downtown Delta.
You make a excellent point about the possibility that American Tower may
remove the microwave antennas at the AT&T towers they've bought. It might
be advisable for us to document the azimuths of those antennas, since the
data about many of the old links have been purged from the FCC database,
and the antennas provide the only clues as to where they went.
BTW, I have a small web site devoted to AT&T microwave links in the
Washington DC area, at http://bellsystem.homestead.com It's still very
incomplete, with only a few stations listed, but it will give you an idea
of what I'm trying to do.
Let me know if I can be of any help with your project.
- Albert noted:
>The Autovon site is particularly interesting. It looks like quite a largeA newly posted British page http://fp.coldwar.f9.co.uk/autovon.html
>building, and has an architectural style I've never seen before
describes the abandoned Autovon exchhange in Ipswitch, England, with some