Photo of the Week
December 27, 2015



WARNING!!! VIEWER DIGRESSION ADVISED IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF HEIGHTS.

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.

 

 

 


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