I take it the service techs are well paid, right?
Are they still using horn antennas with a circular waveguide feed, or are
they all synthetic aperature?
>More like this one, only much bigger and even more filled in. The one
>we're battling right now is near the Bearing Sea and on top of a 1500'
>hill. There is a localized condition there, not unlike Mt. Washington,
>where the winds intensify and the icing does very strange things. The
>microwave dishes are somewhat heated and having 3500 watts erp is
>supposed to keep the domes clear, but in this case, half the domes are
>buried and non-functional.
>Originally, the tower was about 150', but several years ago, they
>lopped the top 60' off because the combined wind and ice loading was
>too severe and the tower was getting severely damaged. In fact, even
>after shortening the tower, they had to replace all the horizontal
>bracing again as they were all bent and buckled. Numerous diagonal
>wire braces were added. Every year we have to do extensive repairs.
>Fortunately, it's only six miles from the local village. We have
>towers hundreds of miles from nowhere that are only accessible by
>helicopter for just a couple months a year. The fuel tanks hold over
>two years of fuel just in case we can't fly more in during any one
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