© 2001-2014
Man From Mars Productions

Meriden Mountain
obg logo

  Franklin M. Doolittle started construction on Meriden Mountain in central Connecticut in 1936. At first the mountain was used for "Apex" AM high frequency station W1XSL. In January, 1938 he began operation of FM station W1XPW (later known as W65H, WDRC FM and WFMQ). He sold the station in April, 1956 but in 1959 Buckley Broadcasting used the same property when it was granted a construction permit for the current WDRC FM.  

Click on thumbnails for enlargements (some files are large).

Meriden Mountain Closeup of Meriden Mountain Transmitter building under construction circa 1936 Transmitter building and antenna mast
Aerial view of Meriden
Mountain, circa 1937
Closeup of W1XSL transmitter
building and tower
Transmitter building under construction, circa 1936 Transmitter building and antenna mast, circa 1936
Meriden Mountain in winter circa 1936 Franklin M. Doolittle on ladder U.S. Coast Guardsmen shoot lyle gun over steep cliff to pull utility lines up mountain At left of antenna are terminals for telephone and utility lines
Transmitter building in winter, probably early 1936 F.M. Doolittle on ladder overlooking valley below U.S. Coast Guardsmen shoot lyle gun over steep cliff to pull utility lines up mountain At left of antenna are terminals for telephone & power lines
Approaching transmitter building from driveway Concrete foundation of antenna mast next to building Antenna termination at W1XPW, circa 1940 Arrangement of di-poles looking up 90-foot mast, 1940
Approaching transmitter building from driveway Concrete foundation of
antenna mast next to building
Antenna termination at
W1XPW, circa 1940
Arrangement of di-poles
looking up 90-foot mast, 1940
Man From Mars site WPOP site return to top home