Western Union microwave relay sites: Woodbridge relay, New Jersey

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part XIII

Site Name: Woodbridge
Call Sign:
KEA71
State: New Jersey
County:
Middlesex
Municipality:
Woodbridge Township
Address:
N/A
Type of Facility:
Relay
Original
Tower Height: 100′

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Western Union microwave relay sites: New Brunswick relay, New Jersey

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part XII

Site Name: New Brunswick
Call Sign:
KEA74
State: New Jersey
County:
Somerset
Municipality:
Franklin Township
Address:
63 Old Georgetown Road
Type of Facility:
Relay
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Tower Height: 100′ Continue reading

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:
KGB31
State: Maryland
County:
Cecil
Address: Black Hill, Elk Neck State Forest
Type of Facility:
Relay
Original
Tower Height: 100′ Continue reading

Western Union microwave relay sites: Cub Hill 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 X

Site Name: Cub Hill
Call Sign:
KGB32
State: Maryland
County:
Baltimore
Address:
N/A
Type of Facility:
Relay
Original
Tower Height: 100′ Continue reading

Western Union microwave relay sites: Little Savage 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 IX

Site Name: Little Savage
Call Sign:
KGB45
State: Maryland
County:
Garrett
Address: East side SR 546 (Finzel Road)
Type of Facility:
Relay
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Tower Height: 120′ Continue reading

Stepping back in time inside a historic microwave relay station

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part VIII

Equipment building rear door, October 2004.

Entering the abandoned Jennerstown Western Union microwave relay station was like stepping back in time. Secured behind a sturdy cyclone fence and located hundreds of yards away from the nearest road on a ridge in the Allegheny highlands, the historic tower and equipment building had been bypassed being cannibalized by the telecommunications industry and had suffered little damage from looters and vandals. The Western Union relay site was a Cold War-era relic from a time when computers occupied entire rooms and when radios used vacuum tubes, not integrated circuits. Continue reading

Are urban stadiums worth it?

Greater Greater Washington is discussing urban football stadiums. Back in 1998, I wrote an opinion piece on Pittsburgh’s plans to demolish Three Rivers Stadium and build two new publicly-subsidized stadiums, one for the Steelers and another for the Pirates. Here’s my 1998 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article: Continue reading

Western Union microwave relay sites: Gambrill Park relay, Maryland

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part VII

Site Name: Gambrill Park
Call Sign:
KGB47
State: Maryland
County:
Frederick
Municipality:
City of Frederick
Address:
East side Gambrill Park Road
Type of Facility:
Relay
Original
Tower Height: 60′ Continue reading

Western Union microwave relay sites: Red Lion relay, Pennsylvania

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part VI

Site Name: Red Lion
Call Sign:
KGB37
State: Pennsylvania
County:
York
Municipality:
Windsor Township
Address:
Indian Springs Road
Type of Facility:
Relay
Original
Tower Height: 100′ Continue reading