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Also in 1998, the Island's signal, in an unencrypted format, was picked up by a French research ship whose crew included [[Danielle Rousseau]]. Changing course to investigate, the ship crashed on the Island. With the help of a time-shifting [[Jin]], the research team began making their way to the radio tower with the intent to make their own broadcast when they were attacked by the [[Monster]]. {{crossref|5x05}}
   
The second was a French research ship at sea which included [[Danielle Rousseau]]. Her ship crashed on the Island, and with the help of a time-travelling [[Jin]], they began making their way to the tower to turn off the Numbers and make their own broadcast. {{crossref|5x05}} The members of the French team went to investigate the signal and found the radio tower "up by {{link|the Black Rock}}". Three days before the birth of her daughter [[Alex]] {{crossref|3x22}}, Rousseau changed the feed to broadcast her [[distress signal]] rather than the Numbers, hoping that someone might hear it.
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Exactly what happened thereafter is not entirely clear. Danielle's later account is somewhat confused and contradictory, but it appears that members of the team eventually located the radio tower - and three days before the birth of her daughter [[Alex]], Danielle changed the transmission to a distress call, hoping someone might hear it. {{crossref|1x18|3x22}}
   
What is known is that the new distress signal indicates that Rousseau was trapped inside something when she made it to the tower, and that something or someone that had "killed them all" was outside. She also mentions not having the key, adding that someone named [[Brennan (radio transmission)|Brennan]] took them. She presumably later escaped.
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Rousseau's transmission was picked up later by the survivors of the crash of [[Oceanic 815]]. In the recorded transmission, Danielle states she was trapped inside the tower and that something or someone had "killed them all" and was outside. She also mentions not having a key adding that [[Brennan]] took them.
[[Image:3x22_radio_tower_promotional.jpg|thumb|right|180px|The group explores the radio tower operations room]]
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Since that time, little is known about what happened to the tower. Rousseau says without any further explanation that it and her signal are now under the control of [[the Others]]. Rousseau claimed that "''they'' control it now".
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Rousseau says without any further explanation that it and her signal are now under the control of [[the Others]]. Rousseau claimed that "''they'' control it now".
   
 
===The Purge===
 
===The Purge===

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The radio tower is a structure on the Island built by the DHARMA Initiative ostensibly to relay the results of their experiments to their backers and external supporters.

History

Radio Tower

The radio tower in the Sri Lanka Video

DHARMA Initiative

Likely constructed some time in the 1970's, the radio tower's purpose, according to the Sri Lanka Video was to broadcast the core numerical values of the the Valenzetti Equation (aka the Numbers). If any of the DHARMA research projects on the Island succeeded in changing one of the values, the broadcast would be changed, signaling their backers in the outside world that "the one true way" had been found to change the Valenzetti Equation. The tower would broadcast continuously on a secret frequency in an encrypted format known only to the backers of the DHARMA Initiative in the outside world. (The Lost Experience)

Listening post

In 1988, a U.S. Navy listening post in the South Pacific monitoring longwave radio frequencies picked up the signal being transmitted from the Island. The station was manned at the time by Sam Toomey and Leonard Simms. Ovehearing the Numbers had severe consequences for both men during the rest of their lives. ("Numbers")

Danielle Rousseau

Also in 1998, the Island's signal, in an unencrypted format, was picked up by a French research ship whose crew included Danielle Rousseau. Changing course to investigate, the ship crashed on the Island. With the help of a time-shifting Jin, the research team began making their way to the radio tower with the intent to make their own broadcast when they were attacked by the Monster. ("This Place Is Death")

Exactly what happened thereafter is not entirely clear. Danielle's later account is somewhat confused and contradictory, but it appears that members of the team eventually located the radio tower - and three days before the birth of her daughter Alex, Danielle changed the transmission to a distress call, hoping someone might hear it. ("Numbers")  ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")

Rousseau's transmission was picked up later by the survivors of the crash of Oceanic 815. In the recorded transmission, Danielle states she was trapped inside the tower and that something or someone had "killed them all" and was outside. She also mentions not having a key adding that Brennan took them.

Rousseau says without any further explanation that it and her signal are now under the control of the Others. Rousseau claimed that "they control it now".

The Purge

The signal from the tower was blocked by jamming equipment controlled from the Looking Glass station. The survivors trekked up to the tower in "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1" in order to get a clear signal to call for rescue. Inside, Rousseau removed the CART from the player and turned off the transmission. Naomi was then able to call her ship for rescue from outside the tower. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")

Recent Events

Sometime over the next three years, the Numbers were once again made to transmit from the tower. They were heard in the cockpit of Ajira Airways Flight 316 as the plane was losing altitude over the Island. ("Namaste")

Location

RadioMapCombined

Maps with slightly different red lines showing tower @ 22:53 and 36:28 noting the location of the red lines intersection point.

In "The Moth", Sayid tries to triangulate the signal. Just before he is knocked out by Locke, the radio is displaying full strength. This indicates they were very close. However, this may simply be due to a high power output of the transmitter.

Ben also draws a map from Pascal Flats to the tower, as well as the direction from which he anticipated the survivors would be coming from. Danielle claimed that the radio tower was close to the Black Rock, yet when the group visit it in "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2", it is far away from that location. Additionally, some aspects of Ben's map are disputed.

According to Rousseau's map, there is a "transmitter" located in the western mountain range.

Structure

Radio door shot

The radio tower sign seen briefly on the door.

Radio tower logo

The radiation hazard symbol seen on the door of the radio tower.

The radio tower area is comprised of the actual mast and a small operations room. Inside, there were multiple players in a small cabinet, as well as a speaker next to it (presumably what Rousseau used to record her message). On the door outside are the words "CAUTION - High Level Radio Frequency Energy Area", as well as the hazard symbol for dangerous non-ionising radiation.

Notable Visitors

Picture Name First visit Last visit Reason for Visit
Jack-mini
Jack "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Led the survivors to the radio tower along with Danielle and Naomi.
Kate-mini
Kate "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Locke-mini
Locke "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" Threw a knife at Naomi, giving her a nearly-fatal wound, to prevent her from contacting the Kahana. He held Jack at gunpoint, demanding that he destroy the sat phone, but he refused.
Claire-mini
Claire "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Sun-mini
Sun "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Ben-mini
Ben "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Encountered Jack prior to his arrival at the radio tower. He wanted Jack to bring him the sat phone, and they would both go their separate ways. Ben staged the deaths of Jin, Sayid, and Bernard in an attempt to make Jack get the sat phone.
Rose-mini
Rose "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Aaron-mini
Aaron "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Alex-mini
Alex "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with Ben across Pascal Flats and to the radio tower. Alex met her mother for the first time at the tower.
Karl-mini
Karl "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Rousseau-mini
Danielle "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Led the survivors to the radio tower. She reunited with her daughter Alex for the first time in sixteen years.
NaomiDorrit-mini
Naomi "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Went with the survivors to the radio tower. She wanted to contact the freighter so that they could find the Island. She was stabbed by Locke, and Naomi was badly wounded.
Mini-craig
Craig "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Mini-jerome
Jerome "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
Doug-mini
Doug "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.
BlondeCasualty-mini
Blonde casualty "Through the Looking Glass, Part 2" "The Beginning of the End" Traveled with the survivors to the radio tower.

Trivia

  • According to the Sri Lanka Video, the tower broadcasts to DHARMA's headquarters. The Hanso Foundation headquarters is in Denmark. Based on the assumptions that the DHARMA headquarters is located near the Hanso headquarters , and that the Island is located at the expected crash site in the Pacific, the radio signal would need to have a very long range to be useful. While shortwave broadcasts of only a few watts ("flea power") can sometimes reach that far by reflecting off the ionosphere, longwave broadcasts such as those Sam and Leonard were meant to be monitoring would require extremely large amounts of power to cover that distance—potentially nearing 1 million watts. While such stations do exist, they generally are operated by state-owned or large commercial broadcasters, with masts around 1000 ft (308.4 m) high.
  • The signal seems to be broadcast on multiple frequencies. Sayid picked it up with radio equipment and somehow Naomi's phone picked up the distress signal audio as well.
  • Radio stations that broadcast a voice reciting streams of numbers, known as Number Stations and Letter Beacons, actually exist. They are thought to be broadcasting coded messages using one-time pads.
  • The tape in the deck is labeled Makee Ailana, Melveen Leed. Melveen Leed is a Hawaiian country singer. The song title Makee Ailana refers to a small Hawaiian island off the shore of Kapiolani Park, and the lyrics describe romantic memories of the island.
  • The map Ben draws on is shown twice @ approx. 22:53 and approx. 36:28. These two maps are not the same prop. The red lines drawn on the two maps differ slightly.
  • There are similar radio towers in DC comics,DC universe "In the Elseworlds graphic novel Superman: The Dark Side (1998) Darkseid raises Kal-El as his own (evil) son and later finds that Krypton had been in possession of the Anti-Life Equation before it was destroyed and Jor-El had sent it with his son so that he could use it to subjugate Earth and create a new Krypton. Naturally Darkseid finds it and builds a series of towers which broadcast "...the ANTI-LIFE EQUATION which obliterates free will and individual identity". The ANTI-LIFE EQUATION appears to be similar to the Valenzetti equation.
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