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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Name this antenna
From: "Jeff Griffin" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 06:14:41 -0400
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 Before I retired in January I used to work for the FAA. My work involved 
traveling at one time or another to all 20 of the  Air Route Traffic Control 
Centers, or ARTCC's as we called them. The log periodic was  used in an 
emergency communication network. There is an RF proofed  room in the 
basement that has some HF gear in it Collin's equipment If I remember right, 
with a 1 kw amp. The antenna is rotatable of course. I've made a few 
contact's from the stations. Odd thing is there not at every ARTCC, I would 
say maybe 15 of the 20 sites have one. I don't think there used much 
anymore, I think it was a cold war thing, for communication in case of a 
nuclear war. All ARTCC's were built in the late 60's, and at least 25 miles 
from ground zero of a large city. They are also bomb proof. I never did find 
anyone who actually had responsibly for the stations maintenance. It was 
usually a ham that worked in the building who kept it working. mostly for 
his own use.  I think it was officially replaced by a satellite phone 
system, but still kept as a backup. I was told that there used to be a 
weekly net. I might be able to find a picture of the station if I do I will 
put it on my web site and let everyone know here.

73 Jeff kb2m

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "steve d" <>
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Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 6:36 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Name this antenna

>I drive a truck part time and came across this 
>antenna on Rt. 227 in Leesburg, VA on my trip the past couple days. Does 
>anyone know whos it is and what it is for??? It is a log periodic and is 
>the largest rotatable antenna I have seen with my own eyes. The main boom 
>for the antenna is made out of triangular tower sectios. It appears to be 
>about 70 - 100' in length, from the perspective I had on it.


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