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Photos by Martin Watkins Page last updated: 2014-01-30

February 2013

Perched high up on a ridge of hills above the village of Musbury, the FM transmitter known as Axe Valley finally (1995) solved the problems of an area with hitherto truly poor BBC FM reception. Before the relay was built an uncle who lived nearby found it far easier (although somewhat annoying) to pick up French radio on FM than anything from NHT or Wenvoe or Rowridge....

Had the frequencies been available a national FM relay at Stockland Hill would have solved an awful lot of problems...

Marconi Dipole with added reflector plate.

The RBL is vertical polarisation on NHT. The discrimination afforded by using VP is probably very useful, as Radio 1 on 97.7 MHz from the parent station is only 100 kHz away from Brest Roc Tredudon France Culture on 97.8 MHz (also 160 kW but HP only).

Although it's got nothing to do with the FM service, one can see Stockland Hill at about six miles away.

Axe Valley index

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