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old Western Union microwave tower

2nd gen Western Union microwave tower. Unused WU microwave drums at the top, then FAA microwave. Site has two Cingular installations, exCellularONE and AT&T Wireless (GSM only installation).

old Western Union microwave tower
pbw, Sep 17, 2005
Location / Street Address:
2839 Singerly Rd.
Landmarks or cross street:
It looks like an H!
Structure Type:
Radio/Latticed tower
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
Antenna Use:
Multiple Types
Number of Carriers:
Carrier on topmost/highest antenna:
Carrier on 2nd highest antenna:
Carrier on 3rd highest antenna:
Carrier on 4th highest antenna:
    • RJB
      Sheesh that is one large tower
    • pbw
      It has been said the number of guy wires and the amount of land needed for those wires is what brought about the disuse of this type of tower. However, I had heard that in the mid-west these types of towers would be hit by airplanes and not budge.
    • Andy
      What a weird looking, tall object :)
    • Gamer03
      I agree with you Andy.

      It is pretty weird looking.
    • pbw
      Odd. They are actually common. The old Western Union backbone is transcontinental. The style has even been reused by the FAA and the FBI. There is another H in Maryland, one on short Mountain in Loudoun Co., VA. The FAA H off of 7100 in Fairfax County, the FBI site on Quantico MCB. Some in WVa and plenty in the mid-west and California...
    • W8NSV
      This is very common site. Many are still around and working...however lately over the last 5 years they have taken a bit of a change. most no longer have the white can's on top...they have been removed. some are being used by other sources as so stated herein. Currently you can find this same installation...
      1. West of I-71 in New Castle KY on the way to Lousiville, Best seen going North from Louisville.

      2. There is another 5 miles West of Burlington, KY. On KY-18 atop B-Walton hill...however, that one seems to have alot of problems keeping the top 300m flashing beacon goin. LOL

      3. Now then the next one is located in Falmouth,Ky on Rt-22 just past the Goforth school.

      4. And the next is seen from a distance off I-275 Mile Maker 22 in Ohio.

      5. And the next one can be found just outside Portsmouth, OH. on a hill top off US-52.
      *** Most of these listed here runn about 210' overall hight. Well I think I've done my part here.
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    Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC
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