Saturday, July 07, 2007

An Airing of Antennas

Andrew Johnson-Schmit aka Coyote Radio finally went live this evening at 1610 on the AM radio dial. My way of congratulating Andrew -- a Celebration of Antennas. Can't think of a better time or reason to post the antenna pictures I've been collecting. Just wish I'd been there when he added one more on the top of The Raven building.

The radio station is just the beginning of the realization of an 8-year long dream of Andrew's. But I'll let Angie, his wife, tell you all about it here and here.

As you can see, I've been collecting antenna pictures from all over: Mt. Elden north of Flagstaff ... Tower Mountain down by Crown King ... Yarnell Hill, plus a lot of local broadcast electronics below. Unfortunately, I haven't been near the arrays up on Mt. Francis for many years.

These heavy-duty antennas overlook Willow Creek Road.

The fellow above and those drum-like thingies below are downtown resident. If I had an idea of their function (beyond propagating electronic waves), I'd include it here. I just like their other worldly appearance, especially the mountaintop arrays.

And I haven't been down in the desert where, I read, the ubiquitous cell phone tower comes disguised as a sahuaro cactus or palm tree. My mother has lived to nearly 104, in good mental/physical shape after years with my father's 10-meter radio ham arrays -- so I really don't worry about RF radiation like the guy I'm linking to here simply because he has several great pictures of cellphone tower camouflage. Further: Wayne's World has an excellent article on the natural history of cell phone trees.

9 comments:

Steve G said...

You sure have a collection of antennas. Lots of things are arriving by satelite now. I expect antennas will diminish with time.

coyoteradiotheater said...

Hi J,

Thanks so much for your salute and your photos of a forest full of antennas.

Our antenna isn't near as exciting, but I'll send you a few photos I've taken so far.

hermano said...

You might get some Phoenixian to send you a shot of the mighty array atop the South Mountains.

Hermano

Granny J said...

Steve-- in redundancy lies safety; the ground-based arrays will remain a good back-up!

Coyote-- thanks for the pix; when will you post a sked for the new station?

Bro -- not having flown out of Sky Harbor in years, it's been that long since I've seen that particular forest...

Steve G said...

You are correct about back-up.

Catalyst said...

A lot of those antennas are watching and listening. Be very afraid, GJ.

Granny J said...

Steve -- you remind me that I should back up the blog one of these days!

Cat-A -- All I can cay is "let them"; their storage tech will be out of date soon enough, so I'll just play on like Mehitabel...

sheoflittlebrain said...

otherworldly is right...
Seen in your group of pix, against the skyline, as tho marching in groups kinda gives me a war-of-the-worlds chill....

Granny J said...

Brain-- you got the picture!

 
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