Microwave Technology

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
Thu Apr 5 18:29:21 EDT 2007

Today's Sprint wireless system grew out of a simliar microwave
communications sytem built by the Southern Pacific RR. SP had extra
capacity, so it started selling time on the system to businesses
along its routes. Sprint itself was originally owned by SP, but SP
sold it because they realized that it would need more investment to
compete than SP could put into it. (Not so long ago, SP was one of
the nations more innovative RRs, believe it or not!)

pete groom
On Apr 4, 2007, at 5:36 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:

To read some of the postings on this site you would assume that before
Sputnik we were living in the stone age as far as communication was
concerned. In the 1950's General Electric developed and installed a
microwave relay telephone system connecting the entire Southern Railway
System, which they still maintain for Norfolk Southern to this day. When
I came to Gainesville in 1956 there was a microwave relay tower with two
dishes on top which was visible about a quarter of a mile north of the
depot. Sputnik, Shmutnik indeed. Bill Sellers.

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