Photo of the Week
December 27, 2015
Show above is a photo of the old U.S. Naval Communications Summit Transmitter Site 1960's (courtesy of http://www.virhistory.com/navy/commsta/balboa.htm and photo by Jay Schroeder). Visit this interesting site when you get a chance.
Many of us Zonians will always remember the Summit Radio towers that could be seen for miles away. A good view of the towers and the complex was from Contractor's Hill, day or night (night view). It was like they took away our old landmarks when the towers went down. Well did you ever wonder what it looked like on top of one of these towers? The photos below were sent into Pat Beall - Past Editor of the Panama Canal Society's Canal Record. I couldn't find the name of this contributor who was the person in these photos. The hand writing on the back of the photos states that this guy was greasing the cables, which I am sure protected the cable from the elements, but may have helped with the signal received and sent from the main buildings pictured above known as the Transmitter and Helix buildings. These four photos below are priceless as I am sure there are not any or many of the same left today. Hold on tight and enjoy the job you have or had and glad that this isn't or wasn't job.
Hand writing on back of photo: Greasing the cables on 600' tower in Summit Radio Site - 1950.
Hand writing on back of photo: Canal in back ground and west bank. - Same for next photo
Hand writing on back of photo: This is the best picture ever taken of me on the job. This is 65 feet out from the top of 600' tower.
a fan of your weekly photos and will continue to be.
McNabb was a gutsy Alabaman who was not fearful of heights, we know
that. My buddy Jerry bragged about his old man working on the Summit
towers. I think McNabb was a Navy civilian. The family lived in a Sago
Avenue two-story duplex.
dad was an associate member of the Cocoli VFW; he never served in the
military. When the December 7, 1941 attack occurred, my dad was 36 years
old, had a wife and two kids, and a government essential job at Rodman
he used to say he jumped off the 800-ft-plus tower at Summit and
survived....yes, he jumped off that tower, from the
ladder, three feet from the ground, that is.
--Carl Berg in Tempe, Arizona
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