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WFSB's tower is a 550-foot self-supporter, which is not particularly impressive in itself (WHDH-TV's is much taller), but at a ground elevation of nearly 710 feet, it does the job. What you don't see too often, though, is a 550-foot insulated self-supporting TV tower. In line with WFSB's legacy as WTIC-TV, the TV tower is also a backup tower for 1080. If this had been built in the 1990s, a system of skirting wires would likely have been used—but this site is from the 1950s, before that technique gained wide use. WTIC can only operate at low power from this tower, though—but at least it keeps the signal on. (There's even a completely separate backup transmitter for that purpose.)
Copyright 2005, Garrett Wollman. All rights reserved. Photograph taken 2005-06-10.