What’s Going On, Sutro Tower?
We Built This City just piqued my Sutrocuriosity. I’ve had this weird feeling the past few weeks that something is different about Sutro, but wasn’t quite sure what. Here’s YBTC’s shot of Sutro on Diamond Heights over by Glen Canyon on Friday. One antenna… Two antenna… Whaaa? Something’s missing.
WBTC provides an even more revealing picture from the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park (to the north of Sutro).
(Ooooh, palm trees and Sutro — all I need now is an old map or photo for the blogging troika.)
Using the power of Lumix 10x optical zoom, we investigate Sutro further, this time from the east.
Left: Sutro three weeks ago. Right, Sutro today (from Valencia and 24th):
Yikes! Where did the westmost antenna go? It’s a stubby. When did this start? Here’s a shot from Dolores park last weekend showing the incredible shrinking antenna. A little bit higher then:
Dear god, the fog is eating Sutro Tower! Run for the hills! Er, away from the hills! (Just kidding. Everyone knows that Sutro Tower’s only known enemy is the Golden Gate Bridge and PBS.)
Luckily we have tremendous resources like the Sutro Tower page (sutrotower.org) to clear up these mysteries. Turning to their epic antenna diagram, we learn that the top three towers are being upgraded due to the digital TV transition. In fact, the top three antennas are analog-only and thus not even being used for TV, only a single radio station. All DTV signals are coming from the auxillary antennas in the middle. Behold the official Sutro Tower status diagram from sutrotower.com.
The shorty in our picture (the “West Stack”) is currently being replaced. Fret not, Sutro Tower will regain its former symmetry soon after the other stacks (North and South stacks?) are upgraded to their full digital glory over the next few months, meaning even stronger HD glorious digital moving images.
We Built This City also has some nice, dramatic shots of the bi-polar nature of fog and the Golden Gate Bridge.
This is exactly what I remember from when I first drove across the bridge when I was 10. We we driving to Phoenix from Victoria (but in a yellow Honda Civic rather than a Mini…) We spent the night somewhere around Santa Rosa and got up ridiculously early. My mum woke me up when we were about to cross the bridge and said something along the lines of “You need to remember this.” A quarter century later, here we are.
A few hundred yards later, Fog OFF:
Those were northbound — southbound we see the place where fog fears to tread:
UPDATE: Dan, our Prague correspondent, updates us on the the Žižkov Television Tower which sits “smack in the middle of an old residential neighborhood (it’s hard to compare Prague and SF neighborhoods exactly, but it would be something like if Sutro Tower sprung out of the ground at the corner of Folsom and 18th).”
And it’s covered in babies. Seriously: