NSS Annapolis Radio Tour Time Announced

TK Wood tracy.wood@mix.cpcug.org
Tue, 31 Mar 1998 09:37:56 -0500


I just spoke with John Cummings of the Anne Arundel ARC.
The tour time for NSS Radio Annapolis is 1000-1400 on April the 18th!!!
(That's 10am-2pom for you civilians.)

Here's the original announcement...

Arrangements are being made to allow interested hams to tour the Navy
Transmitting Facility (NSS Annapolis). The tentative date is Saturday,
April 18.

Most hams 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 will see the huge hand-blown vacuum
tubes, the room which is actually a gigantic capacitor, the hand-crafted
wooden equipment frames
and all the other equipment which made 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, N3ZCE (410 293-6903) is coordinating
this tour with transmitter facility staff.


Take Rt 50 toward Annapolis. At exit 27 follow Rt. 450 south toward the
Naval Academy for one mile. Turn left on Rt. 648 (at the north end of
the Naval Academy Bridge). Stay on Rt. 648 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 do not permit public access to this

John Cummings, N3ZCE