Microwave relay tower in Lightfoot, Virginia

Took a picture of the microwave relay tower in Lightfoot, Virginia the other day. Thought I’d share…

During the 1950s, the AT&T Long Lines’ system of microwave relay links carried the majority of US long distance telephone traffic as well as intercontinental television network signals. The main motivation to use microwave radio instead of cable was that a large capacity could be installed quickly and at less cost. It was expected at that time that the annual operating costs for microwave radio would be greater than for cable. There were two main reasons that a large capacity had to be introduced suddenly: Pent up demand for long distance telephone service, because of the hiatus during the war years, and the new medium of television, which needed more bandwidth than radio.