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New transmission tower on Paris Mountain?

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On the way to church this morning I looked at Paris Mountain and it seemed different that the last time I looked at it (only a few days ago). What caught my eyes was the section with the towers. Their appears to be a new one over twice as tall as the other ones at the tower cluster. Is this new or have I just not noticed it before? If new could it be related to Digital TV or 3G, etc? Or is their a new radio or TV station with a stronger range or older one extending their signal?

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I was interviewed by wyff for a story on the dtv transfer and their tech guy told me among other things that a big part of what they are doing includes the tower sites.

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On the way to church this morning I looked at Paris Mountain and it seemed different that the last time I looked at it (only a few days ago). What caught my eyes was the section with the towers. Their appears to be a new one over twice as tall as the other ones at the tower cluster. Is this new or have I just not noticed it before? If new could it be related to Digital TV or 3G, etc? Or is their a new radio or TV station with a stronger range or older one extending their signal?

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I seem to recall hearing that WMUU FM was supposed to get an increase in their coverage area. Could this be it? Anyone have a picture?

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I was up there just last week taking some photos of the Greenville skyline for a client and that tower WAS NOT there then. This is one of those "where the heck did that come from?" moments.

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I can tell by Linker's pics (before & after shots), that it IS a new tower for WMUU. You can tell by the number of FM "bays" on the tower, and since it is a 100,000 watt stick, it will require more bays. WMUU recently applied to keep its status as a class C broadcaster, which is the most powerfull class one can have as an FM broadcaster.

Oh, more proof: http://www.wmuu.com/ss_albums.asp

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I can tell by Linker's pics (before & after shots), that it IS a new tower for WMUU. You can tell by the number of FM "bays" on the tower, and since it is a 100,000 watt stick, it will require more bays. WMUU recently applied to keep its status as a class C broadcaster, which is the most powerfull class one can have as an FM broadcaster.

Oh, more proof: http://www.wmuu.com/ss_albums.asp

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Just when I thought Paris Mountain couldn't get uglier/more developed/more industrial-looking...

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Just when I thought Paris Mountain couldn't get uglier/more developed/more industrial-looking...

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We should post a new photo thread along these lines.... "Greenville's Ugly Side." I can think of several things to include in such a thread...if for no other reason than to simply draw some attention to it. Have you seen the trash on the hillside up there? :sick:

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I haven't noticed that but housing development on the southside of the mountain is a little out of control, especially the removal of trees leading to bare surface exposed.

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I grew up spending beautiful fall Saturdays at Paladin Stadium, so it's sad to see the rampant plundering of Paris Mountain.

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The big but not tallest tower near the center of the photos, the one with the cone shaped antennas, is for telephone traffic. It was originally put there by AT&T Long Lines to transmit long distance phone calls as it was cheaper to do it this way rather than string cable. I was up there in 1978 and at that time it was pretty much the only tower on the mountain. It's a shame they are letting the mountain get scarred up like that.

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Well I'm not sure what you expect. Do you think the WYFF tower atop Caesar's Head is attractive? Radio & TV stations, in order to cover their large & somewhat mountainous service area, have to put their towers up high, like atop mountains. Paris Mtn. is an already well established communications site, so I guess I don't see it as that big a deal if another tower sprouts up there.

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Is there any sort of organization for Paris Mountain? Like "Friends of Paris Mountain" or anything? It seems like maybe one should be formed to prevent clear cutting, and clean up the trash...

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Is there any sort of organization for Paris Mountain? Like "Friends of Paris Mountain" or anything? It seems like maybe one should be formed to prevent clear cutting, and clean up the trash...

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I'll be the odd one out here, but the transmission towers don't bother me. In fact, flying in, I always look for the blinking red lights and know I'm home. I guess I almost have a fondness for them.

I've never seen a city that had a mountain in such close proximity, that did not have transmission towers. Red Mountain in Birmingham has them, Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga has them, on and on.

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A park and/or lodge/restaurant would be great on the pinnacle, but not while the towers exist.

Gsupstate, you are correct, and it is highly unlikely that we will ever live to see them removed.

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Here's an example of a communications tower that was done in Barcelona by Norman Foster. Basically they wanted to combine all the antennas, masts etc similar to Paris Mountain into one structure as the mountain range overlooks the city.

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tower1.jpg

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Here's an example of a communications tower that was done in Barcelona by Norman Foster. Basically they wanted to combine all the antennas, masts etc similar to Paris Mountain into one structure as the mountain range overlooks the city.

Tower.jpg

tower1.jpg

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There is a Friends of Paris Mountain State Park ( http://pmspf.org/new/pages/index.htm) , but the park is on the north side of the mountain. Otherwise, there are probably homeowner associations related to some of the developments up there, but nothing all encompassing that I am aware of. The clear cut, especially on the southwest slope that faces Furman, just looks awful. I'm not sure what they have done to prevent erosion.

And yeah, it would be a big opportunity for the state of the county to create a park at the crest of the mountain, perhaps have a lodge or restaurant for rental, etc. I'm sure it would be popular.

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