Milford, MI

Common Language Location Identifier (CLLI): MLFRMIQ0010

Thanks to Ken Hoehn for contributing this information.

Site Data

FCC Microwave License Data


Located on high ground known locally as "The Bluffs", Milford's principal structures are a 387 ft. (118 M) self-supporting steel tower and an equipment building, which includes a large addition.

Historical Role

Milford was a major microwave junction, serving Detroit and surrounding areas. The station had no long-distance cable connections - all traffic was carried by radio. Milford operated in the 4, 6, and 11 GHz common-carrier bands.

Although Milford's equipment supported thousands of AT&T long-distance circuits, no local telephone service was available at the station until about a year after its construction. Milford's local lines were not provided by a Bell System company but rather by GTE, in whose territory the station is located.

Milford was intended to be a remote receive (part of a "voter" system) site for the Detroit VHF/UHF mobile telephone system in its earlier days. A radio cabinet, antenna, and transmission line were installed but GTE didn't provide the needed landline circuits, so the equipment was never activated. The antenna is now used for a ham-radio repeater.

Milford's last microwave route, linking Dansville and Plymouth Junction, was turned down in mid-1994.

From January 1970 or earlier, until the early 1990s, Milford had microwave links to the following stations:

Present Function

Milford is no longer part of the AT&T long-distance network. It is now a cell site for AT&T Wireless and Nextel cellular telephone service.

Route Map - January 1970

The blue balls indicate stations whose exact coordinates are known.
The green balls mark stations' approximate locations.

Atlas Dansville Plymouth Junction Detroit Southfield Pontiac

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Created on February 17, 2002 at 11:57 by Albert LaFrance