DHARMA Initiative Broadcast Station
The radio tower was a structure on the Island built by the DHARMA Initiative ostensibly to relay the results of their experiments to their backers and external supporters. The tower was located well inland and, according to Danielle Rousseau, was close to the Black Rock.
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 Valenzetti Equation (aka the Numbers). If any of the DHARMA research projects on the Island succeeded in changing one of the digit 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)
Per the lack of facilities and radiation warnings on the exterior, it appears the radio tower was likely visited on an as-needed basis by the DHARMA Initiative. The tower did not appear to have its own DHARMA logo.
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. (“Numbers”)
Also in 1988, the Island’s signal, being broadcast in an unencrypted format, was picked up by a French research ship whose crew included Danielle Rousseau. Changing course to investigate, the ship ran aground on a reef just offshore of the Island. With the help of a time-shifting Jin, the research team landed and 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 was confused and somewhat contradictory – and her sanity was somewhat in question after living alone for sixteen years on the Island. It did appear that Danielle and her team eventually located the radio tower. Danielle stated that she changed the tower’s transmission to a distress call three days before the birth of her daughter Alex. (“Numbers”) (“Through the Looking Glass, Part 1”)
Picked up later by the survivors of the crash of Oceanic 815, Danielle’s recorded transmission stated that she was trapped inside the tower and that something or someone had “killed them all” and was outside. She also mentioned not having a key, adding that Brennan took it. (“Pilot, Part 1”)
After the crash of Oceanic 815, the survivors picked up Danielle’s distress message. Shannon, however, was only able to partially translate the message. (“Pilot, Part 2”)
At some point between the crash of Oceanic 815 and the arrival of the freighter, the Others began transmitting a jamming signal from The Looking Glass designed to block all transmissions to and from the Island. Presumably Danielle’s broadcast was similarly blocked as well. At about the same time hostilities between the survivors and the Others were reaching a critical stage — and with Danielle’s help, Jack led the survivors en masse to the radio tower in the hopes of getting Naomi a clear signal to call her ship for rescue. On arrival, Danielle finally switched off the transmission which had been playing unanswered for some sixteen years. (“Through the Looking Glass”)
Three years later in 2007, Ajira Airways Flight 316 lost power and made an emergency landing on Hydra Island. On their descent, they briefly picked up a voice reciting the Numbers over the radio which suggested that the tower may have been broadcasting again, back on its original mission. It is also possible that this may have been the original broadcast travelling through a time displacement over the Island. (“Namaste”)
The Looking Glass – Control Room
Charlie convinced the dying Bonnie to give him the code to turn off the jamming equipment due to her anger towards Ben’s betrayal. With the code, Charlie was able to disable the jamming, subsequently receiving an incoming video transmission from Penny. Unnoticed by Desmond and Charlie, Mikhail had revived himself and slipped into the moon pool. He appeared underwater, outside the control room porthole with a grenade and activated it. Charlie closed and sealed the control room door to protect Desmond, just as the grenade went off, killing Mikhail and shattering the porthole. Charlie drowned as the control room filled with water. (“Through the Looking Glass, Part 2″)
Associated DHARMA Station
Associated LOST Characters
Primary Symbolism: Sea & Water (Fertility) Deities
Secondary Symbolism: Death & Underworld Deities
Secondary Symbolism: War Deities
DHARMA TOWER (Symbolic Deity Reference)
Decoded LOST Character (Brennan)
Triton is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Amphitrite, goddess of the sea, whose herald he is. He is usually represented as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish, “sea-hued”, according to Ovid “his shoulders barnacled with sea-shells”.
Like his father, Poseidon, he carried a trident. However, Triton’s special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was so terrible, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a dark wild beast.
According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Triton dwelt with his parents in a golden palace in the depths of the sea; Homer places his seat in the waters off Aegae. The story of the Argonauts places his home on the coast of Libya. When the Argo was driven ashore in the Gulf of Syrtes Minor, the crew carried the vessel to the “Tritonian Lake”, Lake Tritonis, whence Triton, the local deity euhemeristically rationalized by Diodorus Siculus as “then ruler over Libya”, welcomed them with a guest-gift of a clod of earth and guided them through the lake’s marshy outlet back to the Mediterranean.
Triton was the father of Pallas and foster parent to the goddess Athena. Pallas was killed by Athena during a fight between the two goddesses. Triton is also sometimes cited as the father of Scylla by Lamia. Triton can sometimes be multiplied into a host of Tritones, daimones of the sea.