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Photos by David Foord, mb21 and Bill Pugh G8IAY

Kempston (Bedford MF) Bedfordshire
NGR: TL035464 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 29m Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
  BBC Three Counties Radio: 1161 kHz 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Smooth Radio: 792kHz 
Digital Radio:

The Bedford (Kempston) site is located behind the Interchange Retail Park to the SW of the county town. The station transmits AM radio from a directional array consisting of the active mast radiator and a sloping ladder wire reflector which is supported by the mast and descends diagonally to a reflector tuning unit on the ground. It can just be seen to the right of the mast in our first photo, but is seen more clearly in those below: 

The base of the mast


The base of the ladder reflector


The brick-built transmitter cabin houses the broadcast transmitters. The others hold cellular phone equipment serving aerials on a tower whose base can be seen in this photo.

During 2006 some Copper was stolen from this site. Here are a few photos of the temporary repair (with materials perhaps purchased from a nearby branch of Halfords?) Lets's get this programme (jump) started...

BBC Three Counties Radio coverage area map

Bow Brickhill | Luton (Lewzey Farm) | Sandy Heath | Zouches Farm

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