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Photos by TCPD Page last updated: 2014-10-16

Vintage photos from the 60s

Once upon a time this site was a Band I relay of BBC Wales (on ch1)... Then towards the end of 1964 the TCPD boys arrived...

405-line BBC 1 on VHF channel 1, and BBC FM radio entered service on 15th March 1965. BBC 1 closed on 20th January 1982. There is a link to the BBC RD report on the 1965 installation at the foot of this page.

The original FM radio frequencies, 88.5/90.7/92.9 were changed to 88.9/91.1/93.3 in 1978, prior to the addition of BBC FM radio at Carmel, which used 88.4/90.6/92.8. Carmarthen was re-engineered for mixed polarisation and Radio's 1 & 4 were added on 25th October 1991.

Carmarthenshire FM (97.5 MHz) launched on 13th June 2004 and shares the BBC aerial. Real Radio (106.0 MHz) entered service on 14th December 2004 and uses a separate aerial on Carmarthen A.

... and added the Band II FM relay

This particular design of 37m (120ft) tower, with its curved sided profile, was the BBC's standard VHF relay station tower, during the first half of the 1960's. Today only the towers at Carmarthen and Ballachulish remain. At other sites, the towers have either replaced with taller structures, or have been dismantled. The mb21 Tx gallery does however have pictures of the former Eastbourne VHF, 37m tower.

Note the twin band III receive yagis, bottom right, for BBC 1 Wales, Wenvoe channel 13.

Carmarthen index

Ballachulish | Eastbourne VHF

BBC RD report 1965. Transmitting Aerials for Carmarthen

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