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Photos by Robert Whittaker

Bristol (Ilchester Crescent) Bristol
NGR: ST577700 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 48.8m Structure Height: 45.72m
Digital TV: BBC A: 41 D3&4: 44 BBC B: 47 SDN: 42 Arq A: 45 Arq B: 39 Local Mux: 37
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 98.9 Radio 2: 89.3 Radio 3: 91.5 Radio 4: 93.7
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio:
Comments: Bristol (Ilchester Crescent) is line fed from Mendip for TV and is a network FM relay of Wenvoe

This site is located on a ridge in south Bristol and is a high power TV and FM relay covering most parts of central and south Bristol that are shielded from Mendip by the downs that rise out of the southern edge of the city.

Below the UHF cylinder are the Band II aerials. The lower array has antennas on all four faces of the mast, but the top array only has antennas on the North and East faces. Speculatively the top array could have been for Radio Bristol, which was at a lower power than the national services and acted as a fill-in for Mendip, which may already adequately serve the areas to the south of the mast.

The national services are relaying Wenvoe, which probably has a larger hole in the service area at this location.

Beneath the VHF aperture and the mobile telephony array, on the north side is what appears to be a single UHF panel, possibly carrying the digital TV services radiated from this mast.

The RX aerials can clearly be seen in picture 5. There are two horizontally polarised UHF yagis pointing at Mendip, with a single vertically polarised UHF log periodic pointing towards Bristol Kings Weston Hill (presumably for monitoring purposes). The VHF receive aerials are lower down, and comprise a stacked pair of horizontally polarised log periodics, pointing at Wenvoe.

This last shot looks down on Ilchester Crescent from the East Dundry Lane site.

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