Sun, 15 Feb 98 16:44:00 -0500

Metro DC Members --

This Saturday at Tacos I opened an exchange bulletin from the Anne Arundel
Radio Club.  Inside is an announcement for an upcoming tour of now-silent NSS
Naval Radio Annapolis.  Yes, a tour of a longwave transmitting facility.

Below is an announcement from the bulletin.   I have left a message with John
Cummings to expect some AMRADers.   Perhaps we can organize a formal "road
trip" and have some seafood instead of tacos over in Annapolis after the tour.

Tracy Wood
K7UO, Sterling


Title: Navy Transmitting Facility Tour

Arrangements are being made to allow interested hams to tour the Navy
Transmitting Facility (NSS Annapolis).  The tentative date is Saturday, April

Check the Anne Arundel radio Club home page
( for confirmation and more
details as the date approaches.

Most have who live in the Annapolis area, or who have crossed the Bay Bridge on
Route 50 are familiar with the Navy's Greenbury Point antenna farm from a
distance, but few have been able to visit.  The Transmitting Facility area was
off limits for security reasons until the facility went off the air in January
1995.   The 1,299 foot tower and all the lower towers are scheduled to be taken
down over the next few years.  Plans call for the transmitting equipment to be
removed later this year.  On April 18 you can tour the inside of the
transmitter building where you can see the hugh hand-blown vacuum tubes, the
room which is actually a gigantic
capacitor, the hand-crafted wooden equipment frames and all the other equipment
which this one of the world's most powerful radio transmitters.  Some of the
operators who were responsible for keeping this facility on the air
around the clock will be back to explain the setup and equipment to you.
John Cummings, N3CZE (410 293-6903) is coordinating this tour with transmistter
facility staff.

    Take Rt 50 toward Annapolis.  At exit 27 follow Rt 450 south toward the
Navy Academy for one mile.  Turn lefgt on Rt 648 ( at the north end of the
Naval Academy Bridge). Stay on Rt648 through the signal light and past the
Naval Academy Golf Course.  At the empty guard house continue on for another
half mile.  The transmitter building is the large brick building at the end of
the road.

NOTE: Please do not attempt to visit the towers or transmitter facility on your
own.  Naval Academy Police to do permit public access to this area.

John Cummings,  N3ZCE
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