The Voice of America was a US radio station that broadcast to countries in Central and South America. Broadcasting over such a large distance was accomplished by bouncing the signal off of the atmosphere.
The main bounce station for the Voice of America was located about 1 mile from my house and the signal was so strong you could hear random people talking in Spanish whenever you used the telephone.
Alas the government
cut funding for the Voice of America
and it broadcasts no more. The upside of this is that the 71 acres of land the bounce station site occupied is being converted into a park
. The downside is that now I'll never learn Spanish
just by talking on the phone.