Western Union microwave relay sites: Elk Neck relay, Maryland

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part XI

Site Name: Elk Neck
Call Sign:
State: Maryland
Address: Black Hill, Elk Neck State Forest
Type of Facility:
Tower Height: 100′

Elk Neck relay site location.

Western Union’s Elk Neck Relay Station was constructed on a parcel leased from the State of Maryland Department of Forests. In 1937 the state created a 120-acre state forest it called Elk Neck State Forest. The forest was located south of Elkton on a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River. Western Union, by 1947, constructed a 100-foot tower at this site known as Black Hill at an elevation of 273 feet above mean sea level. The tower, cab, and equipment building remain at the site and are used by the park police as a radio repeater site. The tower has been altered by the placement of whip antennas.

Elk Neck relay tower. Photo by David Rotenstein, 2003

Elk Neck relay equipment building. Photo by David Rotenstein, 2003.

© 2010 David S. Rotenstein

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