Don't Worry, Our Sister Site is Still Up!
by W6AZ Sunday, May 22, 2016

This video is painful to watch for ham radio folks, as it shows the destruction by explosion of the vast Voice of America Site A antenna farm in Greenville, NC in April 2016. The 2,800 acre site was opened in 1963.

What may seem even more amazing than these visuals is the fact that this was one of two identical VOA antenna farms taken out of service in 2006. Its identical twin system is still in service at another nearby site. In 2012 Thomas Witherspoon (K4SWL) of the awesome website, the SWLing Post, published an extensive article about his five-and-a-half hour tour of the site that is still in service, The VOA Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station in Greenville, North Carolina. It is an excellent antidote to the unnerving destruction shown in the above video.  

Thomas wrote, "The messages conveyed by these powerful antennas travel every day, every hour, across closed borders with no regard for those in power, into remote areas with no power or basic services, inviting those with radios to simply listen. Radio, I reflected, is free speech in its most available, equitable form."

May it continue.