Located at the site of a former Titan missile base, this 80-foot discone antenna was built by the Collins Radio Company in the early 1960s for the Air Force. Adjacent to the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, Arizona, the discone antenna is enclosed by a barbed wire fence but conveniently has a junction box with a roll of RG8U and attached PL-259, all readily accessible by vehicle.
According to both the museum’s and GVARC’s websites, hams are welcome to use it provided that they check in with the visitor’s center and exercise good manners (roll the coax back up when they’re done). By the way, according to GVARC, the discone has a SWR of 2:1 over the entire 6-30MHz range.
Can you say “plug and play?” If you visit the missile museum while you’re there, please don’t press any of the big red buttons…. Enjoy the video below featuring the museum.