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THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY

THE FALL AND RISE OF EMLEY MOOR

EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS by KEITH HARTLEY and JOHN SKRYTEK

Photos by Keith Hartley

  John:
The foreman of the other polish gang was Walter Porecky who was well thought of the company we worked for. He was a good leader and organiser but he didn't have much time for the Swedish engineer who was bragging about how fast the mast was erected in Sweden - about 9 weeks to complete. I know Walter was annoyed by this but, Walter being Walter, he thought he would show this engineer a thing or two about what the Poles could do. This meant we had to go in top gear, so this is how the mast was erected in such a short time of 28 days. Probably a record time that has not being equalled since.

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Keith:
Most customers could receive a VHF signal so with luck most of them were catered for with an old mono or dual standard set. The main problem was that quite a few had removed all the VHF aerials when the UHF Television aerial was installed thus they (in some cases) needed to have a Cross and five VHF aerial fitted.

The next problem was the manufacturers of these aerials had run off the production of VHF aerials and most of the stock at the wholesalers was quickly depleted. Needless to say, where there was stock the price went up as demand escalated.

 
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