Originally Posted by mikepier
I was at the Altamont Fair this past week with my family, and when on the Ferris Wheel, I saw the TV towers on top of the nearby Helderberg Mtns. I thought it would be interesting to take a ride after we were done with the fair and see what it looked like .
One thing for sure, my minivan struggled to get up Pinnacle Rd when I turned off Beaver Dam Rd when I was approaching Camp Pinnacle, but once I got to the top, I got a closeup view of the towers along the road. It seems as if most of these towers are on private property? That's what it seems the access roads are on as I could not really get any closer but the road. Of course, I'm sure the FCC does not want anyone close to these towers anyway.
I should have taken pics, but Google maps has a couple of pics of the road, and you can see the towers in the background.
Anyway, it was a nice tour and education of how we get our OTA signals, not to mention the nice view of the mountains.
I've been up there a few times before and have taken a few pictures...as well as video.
If you're a DX'er and REALLY want a thrill...I've been up there with a portable TV and an external antenna! All I can say is WOW! I received Utica ch's 2 & 20 in one spot, then went down the road a bit, pointed the antenna north/northeast, and got ch. 41 from Rutland, (with several repeaters) and WPTZ, Ch. 5 from Plattsburgh! On a separate ride further down Pinnacle Road, I was actually trying to pick up WYBN-14 from Wyndam, but received ch. 48 from Kingston, NY (which has about 6 digital sub-channels) instead. I wish I owned a house up there. The allure of DX'ing goes back decades for me.
There are two different access roads up there. IIRC -- the Pinnacle (Camp) Road you mentioned is where sets of towers are visible on both sides of the road as you make the incline. Then at the top of the hill there's an access road to the left which curls around and goes a fair way down. I think I may of ventured down that road (a bit) once before. There's a large tower at the end, which (IIRC) is WGNA FM.
If heading west on Beaver Dam, but before coming to Pinnacle Rd, I recall a gravel road which goes up a hill. This road leads directly to the WRGB tower. It's one of the shortest ones on the mountain.
Most of the stations are located in that one area. I believe it's Fox23 and 106.5 that are easily visible on the right side of Pinnacle Rd. Can't recall which side WMHT is on. One of the exceptions is WTEN...which is part of the second cluster about a half-mile further down the road past the camp.
The tower farms are interesting. One that you CAN easily visit, while getting a fantastic view at the same time, is the tower on top of Mt. Greylock in Williamstown, MA. WTEN's repeater, WCDC-19 is prominent on that one. One of WNYT's repeaters might also be up there as well. As I said, the view up there is the best in the region!
Thanks for posting your experience.