New WMTV-15 and WBUW-57 Tower

The new tower, when completed, will be 1248 feet, about 200 taller than the one it is replacing (without antenna sticks). The current tower, with sticks, is 1097 feet and the new tower, with sticks, will be 1299.7 feet. The top of the DTV antenna will be at 1203 feet and the height of the antenna is 39.3 feet. It will be side mounted to the tower.

[Tower Image #1]
1 - 5/28/04 - 12:46
You can see a tower rigger about halfway down the tower. In this view the new tower is behind the old tower.
[Tower Image #2]
2 - 6/01/04 - 16:30
Done for the day, the tower riggers descend.
[Tower Image #3]
3 - 6/01/04 - 16:30
Enlarged view.
[Tower Image #4]
4 - 6/05/04 - 15:23
Working on a Saturday. The current tower is about 1000' in height. These views are southwest of the towers.
[Tower Image #5]
5 - 6/05/04 - 15:24
A new section was just placed on the tower.
[Tower Image #6]
6 - 6/05/04 - 15:24
You can see tower riggers in the center of the enlarged view.
[Tower Image #7]
7 - 6/05/04 - 15:30
You can see two of the riggers on the tower.
[Tower Image #8]
8 - 6/05/04 - 15:44
They are working on shifting the crane.
[Tower Image #9]
9 - 6/05/04 - 15:44
You can see one of them on the right, working on the crane, in this enlarged view.
[Tower Image #10]
10 - 6/05/04 - 15:50
The crane has been lifted to the new position.
[Tower Image #11]
11 - 6/05/04 - 16:28
They lift two (assembled into one) of the wave guides.
[Tower Image #12]
12 - 6/05/04 - 16:30
You can see it to the right of the crane.
[Tower Image #13]
13 - 6/05/04 - 16:32
One of the tower riggers climbs on top of the wave guide.
[Tower Image #14]
14 - 6/05/04 - 16:32
Enlarged view.
[Tower Image #15]
15 - 6/05/04 - 16:34
The wave guide is swung around, with the rigger still on top of it.
[Tower Image #16]
16 - 6/05/04 - 16:34
Enlarged view.
[Tower Image #17]
17 - 6/05/04 - 16:36
The wave guide is swung into the tower and joined to the top of the existing wave guide.
[Tower Image #18]
18 - 6/05/04 - 16:36
Enlarged view.
[Tower Image #19]
19 - 6/05/04 - 16:47
The views are closer and from the northeast side of the towers.
[Tower Image #20]
20 - 6/05/04 - 17:13
A new section is being lifted into place.
[Tower Image #21]
21 - 6/05/04 - 17:16
Halfway up the tower.
[Tower Image #22]
22 - 6/05/04 - 17:19
Just short of the crane.
[Tower Image #23]
23 - 6/05/04 - 17:21
As the section moves to the top of the crane, it can be heard scraping the side of the crane.
[Tower Image #24]
24 - 6/05/04 - 17:21
Enlarged view.
[Tower Image #25]
25 - 6/05/04 - 17:23
The riggers move the hoist cable so that the section can be swung around.
[Tower Image #26]
26 - 6/05/04 - 17:23
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #27]
27 - 6/05/04 - 17:27
The section is being swung around.
[Tower Image #28]
28 - 6/05/04 - 17:27
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #29]
29 - 6/05/04 - 17:28
The section is aligned to the tower, one foot at a time.
[Tower Image #30]
30 - 6/05/04 - 17:28
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #31]
31 - 6/05/04 - 17:29
You can see one of the tower riggers working on the first footing.
[Tower Image #32]
32 - 6/05/04 - 17:29
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #33]
33 - 6/05/04 - 17:37
The section is now in place.
[Tower Image #34]
34 - 6/05/04 - 17:37
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #35]
35 - 6/06/04 - 13:44
The finale stack of sections.
[Tower Image #36]
36 - 6/06/04 - 13:45
Another section being lifted into place.
[Tower Image #37]
37 - 6/06/04 - 13:45
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #38]
38 - 6/06/04 - 13:46
The finale stack of sections, from the other side.
[Tower Image #39]
39 - 6/06/04 - 13:46
The last piece in this area is marked #59, though 60 is the last section before the T-bar.
[Tower Image #40]
40 - 6/06/04 - 13:47
A stack of the cross pieces that have to be added between each section.
[Tower Image #41]
41 - 6/06/04 - 13:48
Some of the rolls of antenna feeder cable for radio stations, etc. Notice that the one of the right is for the FBI.
[Tower Image #42]
42 - 6/06/04 - 13:49
Stack of misc. hardware. There always has to be stacks of the small stuff.
[Tower Image #43]
43 - 6/06/04 - 13:50
The construction yard.
[Tower Image #44]
44 - 6/06/04 - 13:51
The latest section is in place.
[Tower Image #45]
45 - 6/06/04 - 13:51
Blowup view. Notice the location where the guy wires will be attached. Look carefully and you can see a couple of the tower riggers.
[Tower Image #46]
46 - 6/06/04 - 13:58
You can see one of the tower riggers looking over the top, which is about 920 feet up at that point.
[Tower Image #47]
47 - 6/06/04 - 13:58
Blowup view.
[Tower Image #48]
48 - 6/06/04 - 14:06
View of one of the upper guy wire anchor posts.
[Tower Image #49]
49 - 6/06/04 - 14:08
Closer view.
[Tower Image #50]
50 - 6/06/04 - 14:08
Looking toward the towers from the guy wire ground location.
[Tower Image #51]
51 - 6/06/04 - 14:13
Look carefully and you can see the base of the new tower.
Notes:
  • There are up to six riggers working up in the tower.
  • The very bottom section is 16' and is one foot AGL.
  • The next six sections at the bottom are about 26.667'.
  • Each remaining section is 20'.
  • The T-bar is 11'.
  • Currently scheduled date for antenna sticks to be installed: 8/1/04.
  • The antennas will be hoisted into place.
  • One of the copper signal feeders will carry channel 15. The other copper feeder will carry a combined 19 and 32 (DTV). The waveguide will carry channel 57.
  • Original images are 2560x1920 - TIFF (5 Mpixel)
  • Starting with the 6/15/04 images, they are 3264x2448 - TIFF (8 Mpixel)
  • Enlarged views are 720x540 cuts
  • Blowup views are 360x270 cuts enlarged to 720x540
  • The EXIF value for the time the shots were taken is CST, not CDT
  • Starting with the 6/15/04 images, the EXIF value for the time the shots were taken is GMT

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