Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Iconic shortwave poles to soon disappear from Jersey Shore marsh

The iconic poles emerging from an Ocean County tidal marsh that once sent messages to deep sea ships and broadcast a government radio station will soon disappear.

A plan funded by the federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 calls for the removal of 340 wooden poles from Good Luck Point at the foot of the Toms River in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township

The poles are a component of inactive shortwave antenna fields associated with AT&T's ship-to-shore shortwave communications system, which was in operation at the site from the early 1930s until 1999, according to the release.

The area also includes a shortwave transmitter building. Under the call sign "WOO," the station helped broadcast Voice of America around the globe after 1944.

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