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Peak 2972 - Usery MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2015
BEEBEE
Hiking1.41 Miles 662 AEG
Hiking1.41 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   0.96 mph
662 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Nice morning for Summer Bonus Point SOTA. 2 other AZ SOTA people were going to be on peaks. WA7JTM on Blackjack Point and NJ7V Charlie on Dromedary so I picked one close to home and got in on the action. I got and early start and made short work of the summit well before the cloud cover cleared made several contacts and headed back down.

I took several photos of the AT&T site which is now a fiber-optic phone switch, but used to be active until 1989 as a Long Lines Microwave site routing long distance phone calls, broadcast television and other types of communications. The site itself shot to the Phoenix Central Office downtown, the Repeater Site on the 4 peaks Saddle called Tonto Basin which routed to Pinal Peak as the Superstitions did not allow for a direct path, another Shot down to Kearny and a shot up to the Cave Creek area for a now dismantled site. The site was also part of a long ago abandoned communications system for Air force one the antenna is still visible on the tower. In its prime the site was staffed 24/7 with people who operated and maintained the systems. The building itself is EMP hardened and designed to handle and indirect nuclear blast a relic of the cold war era when the long lines system was considered vital to national defense. The demise of the microwave dependent long distance system occurred with the wide spread installation and use of fiber-optic cable as well as reliable satellites. For those old enough to remember the MCI pin drop commercial it has been credited by some as the beginning of the end for over the air long distance. Some remote communities still get there phone calls routed via microwave due to the cost of running fiber.
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