Newsday reports 3 t.v. stations plan to replace the t.v. towers on Mount Mansfield. The Fox affiliate WPTZ from Plattsburgh, NY, plans to WCAX, Vermont Public Television and WVNY on the mountain. Plans call for two narrow monopole towers and a third tower with a wider base and monopole at top. They would be 165 to 173 feet tall. If they are taller than 200 feet they would have to be lit which officials note they do not want to do. If they are lower they would put radio frequency energy on the Mansfield Nose. Several years ago the trail had to be closed because of microwave hazards on the Nose. Officials note for three or four years the three new towers and the three old towers will be on the WCAX Building which is also going to be expanded in the $4 million project.
I’m not quite sure about the details as t.v. towers on Mansfield is a hot button topic (stations would like more and environmentalists would like none). Notable in this announcement is that WVNY is included. WVNY’s tower is currently the tallest tower on the mountain although farther down the hill. It is likely in description of a wider base and monopole at the top is similar to the WVNY tower now. You can be assured hackles will be raised if there are two WVNY towers for very long during the transition.
Read an excellent article on Mansfield’s Towers.