ANTENNA TOWER - SPECIAL REPORT
SQUAW MOUNTAIN ANTENNA TOWER DATA
There are three tower sites on Squaw Mountain in Clear Creek County: 1) three towers at the summit leased by U.S. Forest Service for TV Channel 12 and an estimated 80 two-way & microwave RF devices; 2) one privately-owned, short tower on 0.10 acre off County Road 422 ; and 3) three towers on 30 acres at 2109 County Road 422 , Idaho Springs owned by Squaw Mountain Communications (Tom Baran) which was established in the 1940s.
Altitude: 10,800 feet
Visual Impact: Zero
Paint, Lighting: Not necessary. High altitude allows towers to function below 200 feet height.
Wildlife & Recreation Impact: Surrounded by national forest, not a publicized, designated recreation area.
Population at same or higher within 3 miles radius: 0
Total Population within 3 miles Radius: 593 residents
National Historic Registered public sites within 3 miles: 0
Existing Effected Radiated Power: 0.629 Megawatts from two broadcast transmitters and 200+ “low power” devices.
RF Interference with Research Facilities: None
Access: Highway 103 to County Road 422, no more than 7% rise, maintained 365 days. Daily access not necessary as radio frequencies (RF) are managed with point-to-point microwave devices from Denver offices or engineers residence to devices on the tower. Helicoptor access available since 1990.
Zoning: Approved Official Development Plan (ODP) for three tower sites in 1990; established in early 1940s.
Zoning Violations: Never cited
Wind/Weather: Site is east and 600 feet below the summit, which takes most wind; There has been no reported ice damage.
Metro Population Coverage: 2,600,000
Best Known coverage: KYGO-FM (#1 in Denver metro) and KXPK-FM.
Coverage Shadow areas: Base of foothillsGolden, Boulder, West Lakewood, East Green Mountain, Morrison, West Ken Caryl. (see RF Coverage in mountain terrain)
Repeaters/translators needed: 2 to 3 to fill shadowing.
On-site Engineer residence: since 1960.
Assessed value of site: $327,940.
Real Estate Property Tax: $ 3,228.
For more information about Squaw Mountain Communications, click here.
Below: Red circle shows 3-mile radius around antenna tower site.