US Naval Station Annapolis
WB4APR area APRS digipeater temporarily lost
13 November 1999. At 0800, contractors blew up 3 of the 4 300-foot towers at the north end of the US Naval Station Annapolis transmitter facility, in a month-long project to remove all but a few of the historic towers, since they are no longer in use by the Navy, and some public figures question the "eyesore" and cost of maintenance (lighting, corrosion prevention, and structural.) Congress has allowed a few of the towers to remain for future local municipal, amateur radio, and possible commericial use. Next will come the demolishing of the 800 foot VLF tower, followed by the 6 600-foot towers ring and the central 1200-foot tower.
Due to a miscommunication, the WB4APR Amateur Position/Packet [GPS] Reporting System (APRS) digipeater serving the Annapolis area was not removed off one of the towers before it was blown up (we were told that one would be left up 2 more weeks.) It will be relocated soon by Bob Bruninga and the Naval Academy Amateur Radio Club/MARS station.
Click on the images to see a blown-up view.
Point of Contact :
LT Johnson/K3FOR/NNN0PEK, Officer Representative