Jun 24, 2015

Picture of the Day: Cypress Tree Avenue – Point Reyes, California

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Photograph by FRANK SCHULENBURG

 

Seen here is the stunning cypress tree lined road that leads to the historic KPH public coast radio station in Point Reyes, California. For most of the 20th century, it provided ship to shore communications including telegrams (using Morse code) and marine telex service (using radioteletype). The station discontinued commercial operation in 1998, but is operated occasionally as a historic service – its signal can be tuned in throughout a large portion of the western hemisphere. [source]

The receiving station and control point now occupy a classic white 1920s Art Deco building on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Point Reyes National Seashore whereas the transmitter site is about 20 miles south at 37°54′52.32″N 122°43′30.26″W, near the town of Bolinas. The reason for siting the transmitters so far away from the receivers is that their powerful outgoing signals would make it difficult to hear weak incoming signals from faraway ships on the same frequency (or channel). Operators at the receiving site remotely control and key the transmitters by means of landlines connecting the two sites. [source]

 

 

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