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1110 WBT Blaw-Knox Towers

These "Blaw Knox" towers are 3 of 8 that are still in the US. The middle one is an orignal, built in the 1930s. The other two were destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and were rebuilt. I included a picture of the destruction of these towers from Hugo (from hawkins.pair.com) Same angle as my pix are!

1110 WBT Blaw-Knox Towers
KyleAndMelissa22, Jul 21, 2007
North Carolina(NC)
Location / Street Address:
Nations Ford Rd, I-77 exit 3 or 4
Landmarks or cross street:
Arrowood Road
ZIP Code:
Distance of GPS #s to cell site:
15 feet
Structure Type:
Not a Cell Site
Overall Height (in feet):
428' each
    • KyleAndMelissa22
      I couldn't take my eyes off of them. They attract a lot of attention.
      This is the only location with 3 of these types of towers.

      There are only 12 left on the entire planet, and here are 3!

      At night, this AM station could be heard fom Key West to Montreal.
      However, I live 45 miles west, and it's hard to pick it up at all at night
      (the directional antenna pattern is strictly north to south).

      for more on Blaw-Knox towers, history, & and where to find them:
    • chuikov
      Cool pictures. Interesting history at the link too. I wondered why Blawknox, PA was called, well, "Blawknox".
    • wirles
      I prefer the Lakihegy structure (over 1000') but those are great pics. Have you ever seen the 1/2 diamond?
    • KyleAndMelissa22
      Yes, I've seen pictures of 1/2 diamond Blaw-Knox towers.

      I have only seen these towers in Charlotte in person.
      It would be nice if i could see the half diamond in person

      I-77 is about a mile away from these towers.
      From there, you can't really see the diamond shape that well, you have to get a little closer.
      These WBT towers are 1/3 diamonds, their widest point is about 140 feet above the ground.

      Here's the list and location of all the current Blaw-Knox towers that have survived:

      *650 WSM, Brentwood, TN (35.9982 -86.7908), near Nashville, 808 ft
      *700 WLW, Mason, OH (39.3531, -84.3251), near Cincinatti, 747 ft
      *1110 WBT, Charlotte, NC (35.1323 -80.8895) 3 towers at 428 ft each
      *1370 WFEA, Manchester, NH (42.9075 -71.4614)
      *1460 WBNS, Columbus, OH (39.9514, -82.9068)

      Lisnagarvey transmitting station, Lisburn, Northern Ireland (54.4897, -6.0603) About 400 ft
      Lakihegy Tower, near Budapest, Hungary (47.3731, 19.0047) 1,031 ft
      Vakarel Transmitter, near Sofia, Bulgaria (42.55, 23.7167) 1,158 ft
      Stara Zagora Transmitter in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
      Riga LVRTC Transmitter in Riga, Latvia
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    North Carolina (NC)
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    Ground Level Altitude (in feet):
    700 feet
    Cell ID (CID) or ASR# or FCC#:
    1007151 1007152 1007153

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