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Entry no.21 - The Ring of Steel

The Ring of Steel(RoS) is the name of the main telecommunications array for the South Shore borough.


The array is built on Mount Tokiko(:)) which is 632ft /192m high and is positioned in an ideal location near the center of the city.

There are much taller peaks both within and just outside Dresden city limits, such as Mount Hadron(1,145ft / 349m) and several others in the Phaeton mountain range that rise above 1,500ft / 450m tall. However none of them are easy to access because of steep cliff sides so it was cheaper to reach and build the array on Mount Tokiko.

In any case transmission towers on Mount Tokiko provided more than sufficient broadcast coverage for the local area.
Coverage from a transmitter at 1,000ft / 304m ASL level is enough to blanket practically all developed areas in Dresden.

There are a total of 7 towers at the RoS, 5 of which are custom bat's I created. There is only one other site in the entire region that features more towers in a single location, that being Radio City in Central Pretoria. Aside from AM transmitters, I never use the same tower twice in the region. IRL most large scale freestanding radio & tv towers are usually custom designs of differing heights. The only common exception is AM towers which are typically arranged in arrays of multiple towers positioned next to each other.

Tower designations(call signs)

The designation for each structure is based on ownership. Over the years additional towers were been built as demand and competition increased. There is little space left now for any additional towers. Some of the towers are exclusive use while other lease out space for different broadcasters who don't own a tower here to use. Space is also leased out to cellular companies and for direct link microwave transmissions.

Most of cities tallest structures are located at the RoS
The others are located at Dresden GS.

The tallest structure is WBNS's 3-sided diamond framed lattice tower which rises an impressive 839ft / 256m with a cross section of only 60ft / 18m. It is the second tallest structure in the city of Dresden and the South Shore borough.


More views of the RoS










I also took some pictures of the array on a recent trek I made up Mount Tokiko last week :P



This entry was inspired by Seattle's Capitol Hill;

and other hilltop broadcast centers like these;




Lastly with so many towers in one location, the aircraft warning lights make for a neat little light show at night.


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Kim Sunwoo
Thanks! funny enough I had to make a bunch of smaller towers to fill out the array. The first ones I made were way oversized.

lol, You think wearing a tin foil hat would help? :D

Glad you liked that. I like seeing the aircraft warning lights flashing at night on tall highrises or towers IRL - gives them an urban feel, if that makes sense..


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