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AT&T Long Lines Tower near
This used to be an AT&T Long Lines tower up until
probably the mid 90's or so. You can still see a faint Bell logo painted on the
front of the building, to the right of the door. Originally it would
have had a set of Western Electric
or Gabriel horn antennas like the
ones seen on the tower at Alexander WV, but at some point, probably in
the 80's they were replaced with these 15' Andrew dishes. You can still
see the mounting for the horns at the top of the tower, as well as the mounting for the WC 281 circular
waveguide going up the outside of the tower. I'm not sure why the
horns were replaced, because I don't think a 15' dish really offers any
performance advantage over a horn of the same size. It could have
originally had smaller horns, or maybe the horns were damaged and
replacement parts weren't available.
One interesting difference between this tower and most
other semi-modern towers you'll see with dishes, is that although there
are short runs of elliptical waveguide out of the shelter, the run up
the tower goes through a circular waveguide, which I think is WC 175.
With an inside diameter of 44 mm, it's much smaller than the 71 mm WC
281 waveguide used with the original horns. It's weird because you'll
pretty much never see any kind of circular waveguide on a new tower.
The Western end of this hop goes to a tower outside of an old C&P central office
still has its original horn antennas, about 6 miles away off of US-119
South of Morgantown, and from there on into Morgantown. I haven't
located the Northern end of this hop yet, but it goes over Masontown in
the direction of Snake Hill in Coopers Rock State Forest.
As usual, there are no active antennas on this tower and
the equipment shelter is empty.
If you have any more information on this site please
feel free to let me know.
1424 Dogtown Rd