Thank you for your nice article about the old, and last, IBB VOA station in the United States (“HF Broadcasting Lives on at VOA’s Greenville Station,” April 20).
As a Continental employee, I take pride in having spent lots of time throughout the years in doing work on the Greenville Station. It is a shame that they already closed the twin site at Plant A. The grandfather of these big curtain antennas, as well as the first 500 kW HF transmitter, were built and tested at Continental in Dallas. Although I have been here 46 years, construction and testing was done in the early ’50s, when a full-scale antenna was constructed outside our present facility.
Although I helped design and build many VOA facilities worldwide, the finest ever built was constructed in Kavala, Greece, with 12 each CEC 250 kW HF transmitters, a 500 kW CEC medium-wave transmitter, two 50 kW HF communication transmitters, power plant, curtain antennas (more than 36), houses, etc.
That station was closed about six years ago and turned over to the Greek government; it is now dormant. I am doing my best to find somebody who is willing to renovate it and start operation with DRM. Its location is ideal for Europe, North Africa, Asia and other targets.
Thank you for all you do to promote HF.