The Amateur Pioneers
The Antenna Farm
If you head north on Route 9W to the Cresskill/Dumont line you'll see, rising 400 feet above the Palisades of Alpine, New Jersey, Major Edwin Howard Armstrong's grave marker. It is the antenna tower of the first-ever FM station, W2XMN, erected in 1936 and now crowded with satellite dishes and aerials receiving and relaying all manner of television, cellular and microwave signals. And a lone FM station, WFDU, out of Farleigh Dickenson University at Teaneck, New Jersey.