Originally Posted by Digital Rules
Good catch, didn't know that stripped down tower was used for anything more than cell phone antennas. I believe XM satellite has a terrestrial repeater there as well.
The FM interference was huge in that area before the WBIG/WAVA tower was taken down a few years ago. I wonder how much it cost to have the tower removed & who paid for it? It was quite a sight watching them remove the tower piece by piece.
Yes, there's also a XM repeater on the tower. And a bunch of other stuph.
Did you mean AM or FM interference?
The saga on the WAVA tower is long & involved. As told to me:
- WAVA had guy points on AT&T land; there was a lease with AT&T for ?$1.00/yr? or such. WAVA seldom paid, and AT&T Long-Lines never cared.
- Then AT&T sold the site to American Tower Inc., property, building and tower. ATI sold the property sans tower to a developer.
- The developer wanted the guy anchor points gone, but WAVA waved the lease around. Court soon was in session.
- His Honor finally said "No money, no lease.." and WAVA started building a free-standing tower.
- Then the developer uncovered & starting cutting all WAVA's ground radials.
- WAVA eventually gave up and moved their FM transmitter to the WETA tower. Not sure where the AM went.
The developer tore down the 1950 AT&T building, and all the tower users were confined to their huts, built within the tower footprint. He put in a bunch of houses. Google Earth's Historical Imagery will show the building coming down and the houses being built.
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BTW, the tower parcel was buffered with enough developer land so iffen it ever was torn down, the developer could use that land and build one more McMansion.
ps: WAVA AM seems to have gone to Bethesda; Kenwood Golf and Country Club, 5601 River Road to be precise. It's ~100 meters tall, built in 2001.
Edited by mkfs - 8/12/13 at 5:51pm