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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    More interesting tower facts. Did you know the TV towers south of Alleman are tied for the 5th tallest structures in America?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ates_by_height
    I don't count the oil rig, so I'd call it 4th.



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    More interesting tower facts. Did you know the TV towers south of Alleman are tied for the 5th tallest structures in America?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ates_by_height

    I'm wondering if there's something specific about 2000 ft (609.6 Meters is 2000')...look at the list of towers right around 609M, it's the whole page, pretty much.



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    I'm wondering if there's something specific about 2000 ft (609.6 Meters is 2000')...look at the list of towers right around 609M, it's the whole page, pretty much.
    This was in the Wikipedia page on the tallest tower on that list - the KVLY mast. I didn't check the source, but makes sense for where the 2000' limit may come from:

    "Its height above mean sea level is 3,038 ft (926 m). Some time after its completion, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed a policy that states, "Although there is no absolute height limit for antenna towers, both agencies have established a rebuttable presumption against structures over 2,000 feet above ground level."[5] The FCC and FAA may approve a taller structure in "exceptional cases."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVLY-TV_mast



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    A pain in the *** to spray around.

    I think it is still used for something well it was 5 years ago. I remember there being workers there at different times when on that farm.


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    I was travelling for work a few years ago and stopped in Chelsea, IA (where one of the other towers on the long-lines route is located). I asked a guy at a gas station what the big concrete tower was, he said, (imagine your best hick voice) "I dunno, but Grandpa said there used to be a time back when you couldn't have a conversation here in this town without the gov'ment knowin' about it!!!"

    (I don't think his Grandpa was too accurate ... )



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    The tower in the OP (the "Collins" tower) was the last stop in the microwave relay line from Chicago to Des Moines. It accepted the signal from the east and beamed it into downtown Des Moines. I'm not 100% sure, but I think the accepting tower in DSM is the one that's right downtown, the old phone company building (now CenturyLink) is kind of been built "around" it.... not too far from 801 Grand. (looks kind of like this:)
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    If you watched network TV in the 50's, 60's, 70's and possibly even into the early 80's you owe a debt of gratitude to this network of towers!

    I wonder if there were ever any classic Cyclone football/basketball games from that era that were broadcast on ABC/CBS/NBC nationally or at least regionally. If so, I bet the signal traveled right through this tower.


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Back in 1961, a guy by the name of Bernard Brous (and an accomplis) bombed two microwave towers and a cable repeater site. He made a pretty big mess, but AT&T recovered pretty quickly from the sound of it.

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    Early Sunday morning, May 28th, the TD-2 repeater stations at Cedar Mountain, Utah and Wendover, Nevada and the K carrier repeater station at Knolls, Utah were blown up and virtually destroyed, severing both the central transcontinental microwave and K carrier routes. Cedar Mountain is the second and Wendover the first TD-2 repeater station west of Salt Lake City. More than 2200 telephone and telegraph circuits and two television channels were interrupted.

    Many private line circuits were made good within a short time and the first TD-2 systems were rerouted around the damaged section by way of Los Angeles within two hours. By Sunday evening, most of the circuits had been rerouted spare facilities and protection radio channels. One TD-2 channel was made available between Salt Lake City Junction and Los Angeles (via Turquoise) Tuesday night, May 30th, by expediting installation of new equipment on which work was nearing completion. This released some protection channels that had been used for reroutes.
    "The Towers were not just blown over, a charge was set on each of the tower legs about a third of the way up, and detonated at exactly the same instant. The result was the lower part of the legs spread open and let the upper part of the tower drop straight down inside the bottom section still standing upright. This dropped the antenna below the line of site signal. This also made it more difficult to erect a new tower, as the old one had to be unassembled and removed first." - Larry Douglas
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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Here is the one from Iowa County:

    http://iowa.iowaassessors.com/parcel.php?gid=17194

    Looks like Iowa County lists the value of the tower at around 5000 more than the land.

    Also interesting that a different owner owns this tower. Looks like ATT probably sold them off at some point.



    The thing is huge...can't miss it driving between Iowa City and Amana on U.S. 6.


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    I remember a microwave tower on the south side of CR. Not sure if it is still there.



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    Now I really wish I saw what c.y.c.l.o.n.e.s posted before he took it down!
    Sorry, Not all that exciting. Just posted what Brianhos posted above. If you go to their website, there are basic diagrams of the bunker and some of the safety specs - including the fact that it was designed to survive a near miss nuclear blast. The only reason that I deleted my post is because they don't specifically mention on their website where the bunker is. It is really cool.


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