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USACE Station WUG2 - West Memphis, AR

Flood scene with sunken dredge in the foreground and the USACE building and WUG2 towers in the background

Dustpan Dredge B. M. Harrod Sank in 1928 - WUG2 Towers on Left                         All Photos USACE

 

Flooded WUG2 site showing towers and frame building with water all around
The WUG2 Towers Flooded - Early 1920s?
WUG2 radio room with transmitter in background and one operator relaxing with a pipe and another at a desk on the right pounding the key.
The WUG2 Radio Room - Early 1920s?

A later WUG2 radio room with transmitter in the background and 2 operators at desks in the foreground.
The WUG2 Radio Room - Around 1930
Another view of the later WUG2 radio room with transmitter in the background and operators desks (and receiver) in the foreground.
The WUG2 Radio Room - Around 1930

It's fairly obvious that there are two different radio setups shown here.  Both setups are CW, but there is a much more substantial building between the towers in the top photo than in the flood picture.  The 1920s radio room has wooden walls while the 1930 one is of more substantial construction. 

While it may not be obvious in the small image (click the picture for a larger version) the operator in the lower left picture is pounding away on the key - his hand is blurred, as is his head.  

In the two lower pictures it appears that the transmitter antenna feed comes out of the top of the transmitter and goes to a dual knife switch in the very upper right corner.  The oblong black thing below the knife switch is a handle on a pull cord attached to the switch - probably a quick disconnect for lightening protection.

This document Radio Telegraph and Radio Telephone Equipment provides more information on the early use of radio in the USACE Memphis District.

Repeated flooding of the West Memphis facility led to the 1960s move of the USACE  Memphis District administrative offices to the Federal Building in Memphis the shipyard operations to the Memphis Harbor on the south side of the city.  Here courtesy of N2JTX is a WUG-2 QSL card from a much later time period (1999). 

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