Description This independently owned telephone cooperative TL Radio System hut and two-pole supported active and passive antennae, is located just a few miles past the Colorado border.It is a unique installation. Most of these have bitten the dust after over 60 years--and this installation was probably built in the early 1950s, judging from the equipment inside the hut.Philco Microwave Systems equipment is complete within and the waveguides and other facilities are untouched after all these years.The Bell System used to construct similar installations, using a two pole support, but applying ten-pin crossarms one foot six inches above the ground, to hold the microwave equipment inside steel housings.This indeed is a rare find. Many of these early installations were built in the 1950s to 1965 period. Bell System Practices offer construction guidelines for similar 'TL Radio Towers' and are dated '1962.'Many of these short-haul radio systems substantially offered alternative voice and data channels when open wire exchange systems were loaded to capacity.
Douglas G. Schema, Topeka, Kansas Member Since November 2011 Artist Statement Administrator of The Electric Orphanage, a non-profit historical preservation project highlighting the technological evolution of the electric power distribution and transmission industry, street and highway lighting technologies. Open wire telecommunications technology, which provided the early foundation for power system design, is also a part.
Mr. Schema holds two master's degrees and has worked in the telecommunications industry. His dual electric power and telecom background has facilitated contacts throughout the United States in order to preserve the heritage of the industries for which he has worked.
Utilizing 20+ years of experience with library science and bibliographic research (in the medical, allied health, scientific, engineering, public policy and state and federal document divisions), he has a significant grasp of the technical literature sources.
His artwork topicality and specialties ARE the electric and telcom industries specifically; having devoted over 50 years of work to advance their aims. Each piece is constructed with both creative care and technical expertise, to guarantee a high degree of technical accuracy and authenticity. This is a hallmark of both his artwork and photography. His artwork takes the form of both pen and ink drawings or highly detailed renderings in pencil.
Among the many utilities for which his works have been commissioned or requisitioned, are the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Southwestern Public Service Company/Xcel Energy, Tri-County Telephone Association, Northwestern Bell and many other organizations. He has had continuous relationships with nearly all the U. S. investor-owned utilities and hundreds of smaller municipals, public power districts, electric distribution and G&T cooperatives since the 1960s. Every year, the artist attends major conventions of the IEEE/PES, IES of NA, Investment Recovery Association, and other industry-related groups.
"The Song of the Open Wire" will initiate a host of upcoming websites in this technological arena of the utilities. Anticipate additional sites which will envelope both outdoor lighting as well as T&D/Substation technical topics and processes.