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Re: [TowerTalk] Name this antenna

To: "Jeff Griffin" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Name this antenna
From: "Chet Moore" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 09:17:39 -0400
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When I was at K4CG the one we had was used as HF back up comms for the Air 
Force 1 and the Commandant of the the Coast Guards aircraft.
It was also used for search and rescue communications on NON military 
frequencies frequently responding to HF distress calls received on the 


Chet  N4FX
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Griffin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2007 6:14 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Name this antenna

> 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" <>
> To: <>
> 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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