Robert Evans, now retired from AT&T Long Lines, in front of his office:
a Snow Cat positioned in front of an Oregon Long Lines site.
Bob was an MW technician for 37+ years, before his retirement in
1998. The last twelve years, he worked on mountaintop sites
in NW Oregon.
Bob writes: "All the pictures are either at or around the AT&T microwave site named South Saddle Mountain approximately 50 miles West of Portland Oregon at an elevation of 3500 feet. All winter long I would travel to the site either by sno cat or walk in on snow shoes. Yes, I loved my job!!"
All pictures courtesy of Robert Evans, AT&T Long Lines, Retired.
A summer photo of South Saddle taken just a few feet further down the road than picture #5... Over enthusiastic gun owners were always a problem with the large pressurized antennas... Every summer our antenna crew would have to stop by and patch many bullet holes in the large horns.
Long Lines techs had to maintain
equipment in all sorts
of weather and terrain. Where Snow Cats could not be used
because of weather or time constraints,
helicopters would be utilized to airlift technicians to fix a downed circuit.
Raised landing pads were sometimes
constructed to allow chopper access.