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Details for Benchmark: HV5196

N 38° 47.979 W 077° 19.818 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is UNKNOWN and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In FAIRFAX county, VA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
FAIRFAX STA SOU RR MICROWAVE
Marker Type:
microwave mast
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Spotted while out grabbing a few caches on my list nearby.

Was out with Awesnap grabbing caches. Got this one but forgot to get a pic.

Traveling to a Military Reunion for our Ship and its crew in Washington D.C.. We observed this location as we passed through. We also were Geocaching as we passed through.
Old Professor - Tipton, Mo.

Recovered as described. I stopped by Fairfax Station this afternoon for a couple of caches and learned that this tower was nearby. I took a photo of each tower - recalling that the obvious candidate is not the benchmark.

[Photos:]
photoThe benchmark tower
This tower, which is farther from Fairfax Station, is the benchmark.
photoThe non-benchmark tower
This tower, which is right at Fairfax Station, is not the benchmark.

Saw this microwave tower while caching in the area.

[Photos:]
photoHV5196

still there.

If you look real close, you can see the chiseled X waaaaaayyy up at the top. Just kidding. Don't confuse this microwave tower with the other nearby tower closer to the road. CC76...

[Photos:]
photoHV5196(1)
photoHV5196(2)
photoHV5196(3)

Still quite visiable.

[Photos:]
photoDSC00377

Observed as described with the following notes:

There are two masts in the general vicinity. The larger to the northwest (cell / other), and a smaller to the southeast (microwave). HV5196 appears to be the smaller (microwave) tower to the southeast, which is painted red and white as described.

The 1969 entry describes station as the center of the top of the mast, which was observed. The 1975 entry describes a chiseled X in the topmost platform, which was not observed (nor sought).

[Photos:]
photoFAIRFAX STA SOU RR MICROWAVE In FAIRFAX county, VA
photoFAIRFAX STA SOU RR MICROWAVE (near by mast)
A nearby mast, but this does not appear to be the station.

Recovered in good condition.

Saw on way to Koz'z Kabooose Kache.

Observed the microwave mast, as described. There is a larger mast about 400 feet northwest of the station, but HV5196 is the mast on the southeast side of Hill Street.

[Photos:]
photoHV5196 in Fairfax Co., VA
Looking southeast from the south side of Fairfax Station Road (parking area for a nearby inductrial facility), just southwest of the intersection with Hill Street.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1969 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1969 (JBJ) THE CENTER OF THE TOP OF THE FAIRFAX STATION, SOUTHERN RAILROAD MICROWAVE MAST IS THE STATION. THE MAST IS PAINTED ORANGE AND WHITE AND IS 170 FEET HIGH. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE FAIRFAX STATION POST OFFICE, GO 0.1 MILE WEST ON ROUTE 660 (FAIRFAX STATION ROAD) TO THE INTERSECTION WITH HILL STREET. TURN LEFT ON HILL STREET AND GO SOUTH FOR 0.05 MILE TO A DIRT ROAD ON THE LEFT AND THE TOWER.
01/01/1975 by VA-059 (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY FAIRFAX COUNTY VIRGINIA 1975 (EYB) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 3.5 MILES SOUTH OF FAIRFAX, 3.4 MILES NORTHEAST OF CLIFTON, 3.2 MILES WEST OF BURKE, ON THE TOPMOST PLATFORM OF THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY RELAY MICROWAVE TOWER IN FAIRFAX STATION, SEE FAIRFAX COUNTY TAX MAP 77-1, REVISED TO 1-1-76. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF ROUTE 236, MAIN STREET, AND ROUTE 123, OX ROAD IN FAIRFAX, GO SOUTH ON ROUTE 123 FOR 3.2 MILES TO THE JUNCTION WITH ROUTE 660, FAIRFAX STATION ROAD. TURN RIGHT AND GO SOUTHWEST ON ROUTE 660 FOR 0.35 MILES TO THE JUNCTION WITH HILL STREET. GO STRAIGHT ON HILL STREET FOR 0.1 MILES TO STATION SRRMT ON THE LEFT. THE STATION IS A CHISELED X IN THE TOPMOST PLATFORM OF THE MICRO-WAVE TOWER.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in November 1994.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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