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Ye Olde Timey Microwave Downloads
This is stuff that you would think would be readily
available, but it's just not. For some reason, things like old ads,
manuals, and engineering literature are pretty much absent from the
modern internet. What does a microwave tower from the 50's look like?
What does a Motorola Starplex analog TDM microwave radio look like? How
about first generation digital TDM radios like the Harris/Farinon
VersaT1lity? If you made any cell phone calls between 1988 and 1998,
you've probably used one, but will you ever see one? Most of the people who
worked on them are retired, and the companies that made them have
completely moved on to entirely different lines of business.
Over the years I've come across some interesting stuff
languishing at the bottom of junk piles in basements and mostly
abandoned equipment shelters, and I'm hoping to eventually make it all
available here. Some of the manuals are really interesting, but
scanning them is going to be a pain. If you have a manual or other
document you'd like to contribute, feel free to contact me.
Shows a type of horn antenna totally different from the
other outdated horn antennas you'll see on the AT&T towers pictured
on this site. So far, I've yet to come across one of these in person,
or even a picture of one, so if you have some more info, as always feel free to contribute.
This is the old logo for AT&T Long Lines Department,
before they updated it in the 70's. Unfortunately, it's not an
official/authentic AT&T file, but a recreation I made in CorelDraw.
If you want the original vector art file, just ask. Fun bonus fact: in
the movie Weird Science, you can see this
exact logo on Anthony Michael Hall's character's bedroom wall. I didn't
realize this until two years after
I plastered it on my bedroom
Not sure exactly when it was printed, but it shows a very different type of tower than
what you would see nowadays. Instead of a steel lattice tower with a
dish or even and old horn like the ones used on the AT&T Long Lines
network, you have a horn mounted at the base of the tower, and what's
basically a passive repeater at the top. From a periodical called The Oil and Gas Journal.
Ever wonder how a passive repeater works? Here's a whole
damn book just overflowing with information on how they're used.
Includes some bonus content on AT&T Long Lines links that used both
horns and passive repeaters.
As seen on many horn antennas used in AT&T Long
Lines links. Pretty clever how they made the G actually look like the horn-reflector antennas they were famous
for. Created by me in CorelDraw. Fun bonus fact: Gabriel still technically exists.