One of the problems of working in the wireless industry is that you start to notice towers everywhere.   You basically can’t escape noticing them.   Our own Teresa was on a fishing excursion out in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 70 miles offshore when the Captain took them out near this tower where fish tend to congregate.

She asked our tower construction expert- Molly-about this tower.   Here is Molly’s response.

“It looks like a radio repeater or navigational VOR transponder or a combination thereof.  Boats have AIS antennas (Automatic Identification Antennas) which relay signals about the craft for identification purposes.  This buoy may assist with either boat radio communication between vessels and land or vessel to vessel.  It may also receive and re-transmit AIS information or boat location data.

Or I could be completely wrong and it is a weather beacon.”