Navy Pre-war Communications Stations

Info and High-res Photos - Los Baños Philippines Naval Radio Station 1930
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Info and Photos - Wailupe & Pearl Harbor Hawaii Naval Radio Station 1920's
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Miscellaneous Other Stations

Info and High-res Photos -Cavite Philippines Naval Radio Station 1929
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Info and Photos - Key West Naval Radio Station 1905
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Washington DC


Navy Dept Communications Office 1919
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RE, RF, RG receivers at Washington Communications Station (1932)
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1919 -  Transatlantic Wireless Room - "Reading the radio tape upon which messages are received in code by means of perforation."
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NAA Arlington 

NAA History Article from BuShips Journal - Jan 1957

NAA Early Photos and History from Sparks Journal   - thanks to John Dilks and Society of Wireless Pioneers

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1924 - Insulator brought from NAA to exhibit in a NYC radio show (Photo by United)

1913 NAA Arlington antenna towers
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1917 NAA Arlington antenna towers
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NAA Arlington - Fort Myer - Radio, Va.
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NAA Arlington - Fort Myer - Radio, Va.
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NAA Arlington - Fort Myer - Radio, Va.
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NAA Arlington - Fort Myer - Radio, Va.
1925 - RMC Gilmour holds 1905 NAA receiver - on table is contemporary receiver (Photo by United)
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Arlington post card text: "The United States Naval Radio Station at Radio, Virginia. Situated at the Southwestern side of the Fort Meyer Military Reservation near Washington DC. Built by the US Navy Department (Bureau of Steam Engineering) on Land rented to the Navy Department by the War Department. Rated Power of Station ?? kilowatts. Towers, one 600 feet high, 150 feet square at the base, and two 450 feet high 120 feet square at the base, located at angles of an isosceles triangle, large tower at the apex, base of triangle 350 feet between center of towers, perpendicular to base 550? feet. Normal range, day 2000 miles, night 3000 miles, Cost about $250,000."

NSS Annapolis - 

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NSS Annapolis - Greenbury Point 1920
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NSS - US Navy Photo 3/35
- high-res (5Kx3K) version

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NSS - US Navy Photo 11/25/69

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NSS Annapolis 800' antenna tower - 1954 - US Navy Photo
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NSS Annapolis tower photo info - 1954

NPO Cavite, Philippines 

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NPO Cavite, Philippines 1927
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NPO Cavite, Philippines 1930 - Sangley Point antenna towers in background
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NPO Cavite, Philippines 1934 - Sangley Point antenna towers in background
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NPO Cavite, Philippines 1940

NPL San Diego

Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego - "The history of electronic technology began on Pt. Loma a long time before the establishment of the laboratory here in 1940. On May 12, 1906, a chief petty officer and two sailors drove a horse-drawn wagon to the downtown pier and loaded up a Massie 5-kw. transmitter/receiver, the state-of-the-art in communications. This was the new age of "wireless radiotelegraphy," which the Navy would eventually shorten simply to "radio." Many hours later, in the little station house they’d set up on top of the hill, in a spot now occupied by our technical library, just off a rutted dirt road that would someday become Catalina Boulevard and Cabrillo Memorial Drive, the equipment had been installed. The chief sat down and tapped out a hopeful message to the Mare Island Naval Radio Station. He was hopeful, because the distance record for Navy wireless communication at the time was about 125 miles, and Mare Island was 500 miles away. He was stunned by an immediate reply, and in celebration commissioned the facility as Navy Radio Station Pt. Loma."
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NPL San Diego - Chollas Heights - 1917

Arlington & Chollas Heights towers -

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Massie Wireless 5kw transmitter
NPL San Diego - Pt. Loma - 1906

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NPL Chollas Heights - 1919

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NPL San Diego - Pt. Loma - 1924

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NPL San Diego - Pt. Loma - 1934

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NPL San Diego - Pt. Loma - 1942

NBA Panama Canal Zone

  • NBA Early Photos from Sparks Journal - thanks to John Dilks & Society of Wireless Pioneers

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NBA Darien CZ 1935
US Navy photo (hi-res scan)
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NBA Darien, Panama
Decommissioned 12/31/1937
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NBA Darien (Balboa), Panama
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NAX Colon, Panama
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NBA Balboa Panama
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NBA Balboa Panama
- later than one to left
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NBA Balboa, Panama
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NBA Balboa, Panama
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NPH - U. S. Naval Radio Station, Russian Island (Vladivostok)

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Receiving Equipment
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Transmitting Equipment
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Main building, Spring 1919
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Late Winter 1919
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Portable tower
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300' wooden tower
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Unloading equipment from USS Saturn
January 1919
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from a 1919 report - U. S. Naval Radio Station, Russian Island (Call sign NPH):
Located on Russian Island, Siberia (Vladivostok). Equipped with a 60 kw arc set, and a 12 kw arc set. At the present time no permanent wave lengths have been assigned.
    Radio Communication: Tests are being made to establish schedules for this station. At the present time communication is effective with Peking, Cavite, Guam and with ships within range of the station. Can communicate with St. Paul and Cordova, Alaska. Signals are very weak from those stations, but it is expected to establish effective communications in the near future.
    Recommendations have been made to lay a cable from the station to Vladivostok, a distance of about fifteen miles, for both telephone and telegraph service. It is expected that this cable will be laid by winter (1919). The Vladivostok end will be at the headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces, with a loop to a U. S. ship in port. Telephone communications may be had at the Russian Island Red Cross Hospital, about one mile from the station, which connects to Vladivostok by cable.
    Comment: This station will probably handle commercial traffic as well as Government traffic. It is of military value in furnishing communication to and from the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, and for communicating with vessels of the Fleet in Chinese and Japanese waters.
    This station was taken over from the Russian Government, and was equipped with apparatus furnished by the Navy Yard, Mare Island, and equipment taken from the Heeia Point Station, Honolulu and was commissioned about 30 May 1919.
    U.S. Naval Radio Station, Heeia Point, Territory of Hawaii. The original Federal arc transmitter was dismantled and shipped to Vladivostok 7 December 1918

Miscellaneous Station Photos

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NAJ Great Lakes
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NBB St. Thomas Virgin Islands
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NAW Guantanamo
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NBM Amagansett, LI, NY
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NAT New Orleans, 1922
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NPS Kodiak, Alaska, under construction
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NPR Dutch Harbor Alaska
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Pribilof Islands Alaska
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NAQ Jupiter Inlet Florida
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NAE -Navy Wireless & Marine Signal Station - Highland, North Truro, Cape Cod, Mass.
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NPU Tutuila, Pago Pago, Samoa 1937
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NAH Fire Island 1916
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NAH Sandy Hook NJ
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Belmar NJ 1917 
(taken over by USN during WWI)
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Belmar NJ 1917 
(taken over by USN during WWI)
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Belmar NJ 1917 
(taken over by USN during WWI)
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Sayville, L.I. NY 1918
(taken over by USN during WWI)
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Sayville, L.I. NY 1918
(taken over by USN during WWI)
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Sayville, L.I. NY 1918
(taken over by USN during WWI)
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Sayville, L.I. NY 1918
(taken over by USN during WWI)
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NPM Pearl Harbor
Federal Arc Converter
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1900's Transmitter
unknown location
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1900's Towers/Station
 - unknown location
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Tower 1900's - unknown location

Thanks to Google Books for making the material shown below available.

"Developments in High Power Radio, and its practical application in the services of the United State Navy"
by CDR Stanford C. Hooper
- from Radio Broadcast magazine Volume I

Download Part I, September 1922

Download Part II, October 1922

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NAU Cayey Puerto Rico - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google
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NPM Pearl Harbor - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google
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NAA Arlington - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google
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600' Tower -  - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google


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NPO Cavite -  - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google

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Arc converters under construction at Federal -  - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google

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NPP Peking - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google
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NPM Tower Insulators at Pearl Harbor -  - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google

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Bordeaux -  - from 1922 Radio Broadcast magazine thanks to Google

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