recently (9/1/07) visitedMt. Constitution on Orcas Island (Northwest of
Seattle, WA) and Mt. Erie (Just south of Anacortes, WA).
views from both peaks were outstanding with water, land and other
mountains in view. The peaks were well populated with radio
systems as many mountain tops are, but there were some strange antennas
to be seen on each peak.
On Mt. Constitution the
main tower is shown below. Nothing unusual about it - two
broadcast stations and a bunch of other radio systems.
inside the fence at the base of the tower was a shielded loop antenna.
It's typical of shielded loops used at HF, MF and below,
obviously not for VHF or UHF so it wouldn't benefit from being on top
of a 2400 ft. mountain. It's certainly not whatI would expect to
find at a Mt. top radio site. Strange!
radio site 1033080 was on Mt. Erie, and the top of its tower is shown
below. The antennas that are new to me are the two flat
semi-circular ones with the concentric circles or spiral atop them.
I had not seen anything like them in the past. Again
strange, at least to me.