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Showing posts with label map. Show all posts
Showing posts with label map. Show all posts

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Surfin’: Find Your Opening on the Map


This week, Surfin’ visits a website where a map reveals the real-time status of the VHF band.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Surfin': Field Day Planning


This week, Surfin’ considers potential new tools for Field Day operators.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Surfin’: Still Finding Where the Hams Are

surfin508 This week, Surfin’ checks out more online applications that reveal where the hams are in your neck of the woods.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Surfin’: Finding Where the Hams Are

surfin507 This week, Surfin’ checks out a cool Google Maps application that reveals where the hams are in your burg.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Surfin’: What’s on the Horizon?

This week, Surfin’ discovers what is really on the horizon.

(Thank you, Mike Masterson, WN2A, for the heads-up about the Web site featured in this week's Surfin'.)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Surfin’: Ham Mapping Azimuthally

This week, Surfin' looks at online sources for creating great circle maps centered on your ham shack.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Surfin': Mapping Up

This week, Surfin' gets geographical with new online mapping features and applications.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ESPN, Bristol, CT

Today’s Live Search Maps bird’s eye view of antenna farms takes us to ESPN in Bristol, CT.

This antenna farm is a mile and one half from my house and is the biggest antenna farm in this part of the country. I count 31 dishes and I may have missed a few (I could not get all the dishes in the above image).

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

40°57′39.0″ N, 73°55′21.0″ W

Today’s Live Search Maps bird’s eye view of antenna farms takes us to 40°57′39.0″ N, 73°55′21.0″ W, which is the location of another historic radio site: Edwin Armstrong’s tower in Alpine, NJ. (Click on the photo to magnify it.)

Thanksgiving Day, the family took a bus trip to New York City to view the Macy’s T-Day parade. On the way home, the bus traveled north on I-87, which provided an opportunity to view Armstrong’s tower in person. I quickly spotted the immense tower even though it was over four miles away at the closest point. I was duly impressed!

Here are some pertinent links regarding this impressive edifice:

*’s “The Birthplace of FM Broadcasting, Alpine, N.J.

* Wikipedia’s take on the Armstrong Tower

* Wikipedia’s take on Edwin Howard Armstrong

By the way, if you want to view the tower yourself on Microsoft’s Live Search Maps, use the coordinates 40°57′39.0″ N, 73°55′21.0″ W. (I could not find a street address for the tower, but I found the coordinates and they work just as well as a street address.)

Monday, February 2, 2009

West Peak, Meriden, CT

After writing my last Surfin’ column about using Microsoft’s Live Search Maps to get bird’s eye views of antenna farms, I began my exploration of radio sites.

West Peak in Meriden, CT, is about 8 miles away (across the Quinnipiac River Valley from my home. It is a historic radio site and one of the oldest commercial radio antenna farms in the area.

The photo above is the west side of West Peak, which is 1,024 feet ASL. Its profile is imposing because its vertical cliffs stand tall above the valley 700 feet below.

According to Wikipedia, “Edwin Howard Armstrong, who invented FM radio and who was a network radio pioneer, used West Peak for the location of one of the first FM radio broadcasts in 1939. His original 70′ tall radio mast is still there.”

I may be mistaken, but I believe that Armstrong’s tower is located in the photo above is located directly in front of the building with the flat white roof. (Click on the photo to magnify it.)

WDRC went on the air in 1939 as the first commercial FM broadcast station in the US. Franklin Doolittle, who founded the station, renamed it WDRC for Doolittle Radio Corporation.

Doolittle’s daughter wrote me after I wrote a Surfin’ column that mentioned the history of WDRC.

“Bless your heart for your loyalty to WDRC-FM. My name is Lydia Johnson and I am Franklin M. Doolittle’s daughter. I read your article on the history of FM radio and it was most interesting.
“I lived through that era of my father’s innovative life and used to drive up the old dirt road up the side of Meriden Mountain (CT) with him as the station came to life under his direction. FM was a labor of love for him. WDRC-OBG is a remarkable Web site that details the history of my Dad’s stations. I am so glad you found it.

“My father was a wonderful, humble man, who was truly a pioneer in the development of radio. He was never one to blow his own horn, a gentle, quiet man who had the first patent on binaural sound, and helped to start FM radio on the long and sometimes rocky road to popularity,”

"Thank you so much for holding those memories of the past, and bringing back some memories for me.”
Check out the WDRCOBG Web site for more about Doolittle and his radio station that still pumps out oldies, but goodies 24/7.

Currently, FM broadcast stations WHCN, WKSS, WPKT, WWYZ, and WZMX, also transmit from West Peak, as do NOAA with a weather broadcast station (WXJ42) on 162.4 MHz, and Amateur Radio station W1ECH with repeaters operating on 2 meters and 440 MHz.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Surfin': Bird’s Eye Viewing

This week, Surfin’ visits a Web site to take a different view of your Amateur Radio station.