The station itself had been started by the Russians but never completed. They had planned a high power station capable of communicating with Petrograd on one side and San Francisco on the other. Eleven towers, each 100 meters high, had been erected, and two good stone buildings completed. Many other buildings had been planned, the foundations for some having been laid. It is safe to say that had the Russians carried out their project, it would have been by far the largest radio station in the world. The Telefunken system was to have been utilized, prime movers being two 400 HP Diesel engines burning crude oil, one of which was found at the station. Even a special railroad had been built and laid by the Russians, all of which was utilized by the American expedition.Wasn't it considerate of the Russians to build all this stuff so we could steal it and use it against them?
The station was completed in the early spring of 1919 and communication was immediately established with Cavite, and later with St. Paul and Cordova, Alaska. Messages were also transmitted to a French station near Irkutsk, about two thousand miles inland along the line of the trans-Siberian railroad. Due to the fact that the telegraph lines between Vladivostok and the interior were constantly being cut by the Bolsheviki or other factions, this overland service proved to be of inestimable value to the French and Czecho-Slovaks who were carrying out military operations as far back as Omsk.Those pesky Bolsheviks, always falsely claiming that somehow they "owned" Russia, which everyone knows is ours by divine right. Note again that we were working with the French and the CZECHS, who were supposedly part of the Axis in 1918. (Czechoslovakia was within the Austro-Hungarian empire, and wasn't considered a nation until after the Versailles treaties.)
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