Surfin’: Radio History For Sale
By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
This week, Surfin’ explores a real estate listing with a historic radio connection.
In the late 1970s, I knew hams who worked at the Comsat Southbury (Connecticut) Land Earth Station (LES), which was located about 15 miles from my home in Waterbury. Occasionally, I would hang out at the Earth station with my friends and marvel at the amazing hardware they got to play with on the job.
Back then, satellite dishes were a rare sight and just pulling into the Earth station's parking lot surrounded by the huge dishes was a thrill. Today, satellite dishes are everywhere and the thrill of 30 years ago now results in a yawn.
Today, Earth stations change hands like used cars and if you are interested, you can buy one for a cool $3 million. The Jamesburg Earth Station in Carmel Valley, California, has a long history; it received and distributed the video images of the first manned moon landing in 1969, President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972, the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989 -- and hams used the station in the EME contest of 2007.
Thanks to Zack Schindler, N8FNR, for the heads-up about the Jamesburg sale.
Until next time, keep on surfin’!