Shortwave stations

Mon Jun 27 11:55:34 EDT 2011

There was an area south of Route 2, west of Concord Prison, and east
of 495 that, maybe 10 years ago, contained a large number (never tried
to count but my guess is more than 15) guy supported towers that, I
imagine were in the neighborhood of 200' high. I don't think they were
illuminated, so that probably means they were a bit less than 200'.
There did not seem to be any discernible pattern to the layout of the
towers and I can't remember whether there were cables that ran from
the tops of some towers to the tops of others. ISTR that there were
cables and there may have been wires dropped from the cables--forming
"curtains" of a sort. I do not recall receiving interference to radio
reception (most likely, I was tuned to AM) as I drove past. I always
wondered what these towers were. Given that MIT Lincoln Lab is in
Lexington, not far from Hanscom Field and not all that far from the
site of these towers, I wonder whether the towers were related to
Lincoln Lab or the (just now closed down) military research facility
at Hanscom. I once had a vague idea of the sort of work that research
facility performed, but I can no longer recall.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Hall" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 11:06 AM
Subject: RE: Shortwave stations

> Speaking of old shortwave stations, when I was a kid, my
> orthodontist moved
> to Andover and I had to see him there. I remember that we would exit
> from
> I-93 at the Rte 125 exit. Right at the end of the ramp from 93,
> there was a
> building with a huge antenna array behind it. I would guess there
> were 25 or
> more towers with wires strung between them. I have always wondered
> what that
> was.
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On
> Behalf Of
> Linc Reed-Nickerson
> Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2011 6:43 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Shortwave stations
> Beverage antenna near Newburyport.
> I know of the huge beverage antenna near Houlton, Maine for AT&T,
> but
> until the mid 1960's there was a beverage antenna just west of
> Newburyport, MA.  When I was drafted in 1965 it was still there,
> when I
> came back from Vietnam in 1967 it was gone, anybody know what it was
> used for?
> Linc

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