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THE OPENING OF BELMONT

With thanks to Brian Barber for the scans

Prior to the opening of the transmitting station at Belmont in 1965 viewers and listensers in the Lincolnshire area had to put up with indifferent reception from more distant stations. In the case of BBC1 this would have meant either Holme Moss, Peterborough or Tacolneston. In the case of ITV the alternatives were Emley Moor or Mendlesham.

But it was the introduction of 625-line colour tv transmissions on UHF which spurred the construction of a new mast at Emley Moor and sites such Sandy Heath, Waltham, Mendip and, of course, Belmont.

The Belmont mast is of the same tubular design and the same height as the ill-fated mast at Emley Moor which collapsed under the weight of accumulated ice in March 1969. Fortunately subsequent modifications at the remaining tubular masts have ensured that there have been no further incidents of that kind.

The BBC and ITV had differing opinions about which region the Belmont transmitter fell into. The BBC provided North region programmes on ch13 while the ch7 transmitter carried the programmes of Anglia tv from Norwich.

SOME BELMONT DATES

20-Dec-1965

ITV Anglia 405-line VHF ch7 opened
19-Nov-1966 BBC1 North 405-line VHF ch13 opened
19-Nov-1966 BBC2 625-line UHF ch28 opened
19-Nov-1966 BBC Light/Third/Home VHF/FM radio services opened
24-May-1971 ITV Anglia 625-line UHF ch25 opened
1-Jan-1974 ITV service switched from Anglia tv to Yorkshire tv
11-Nov-1980 BBC Radio Lincolnshire opened
2-Nov-1982 Channel 4 tv opened
Mar-1992 Lincolnshire's first ILR station Lincs FM opened

Anglia and the BBC both produced leaflets to publicise the opening of their services in the area and as you will see further down the page the BBC were no slow to point out the advatages of VHF radio over the interference prone medium wave.

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