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Photos by mb21 and Ian Terrell, G4JXZ Page last updated: 2014-01-16
Zouches Farm Bedfordshire
NGR: TL045210 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
  BBC Three Counties Radio: 103.8 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Heart FM (Four Counties): 97.6 
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B        Digital One: 11D        Herts/Beds/Bucks: 10D        London 1: 12C        London 2: 12A        London 3: 11B       

The Zouches Farm tower is situated on Blows Down at the end of the Chiltern hills between Luton and Dunstable. There are very few places from which it is possible to get a good view of this tower as it is situated on a private farm and surrounded by trees.

ILR Luton (Chiltern Radio) launched 15th October 1981. 29th August 1988, BBC Radio Bedfordshire in service, having been transferred from Luton.

This picture was taken by mb21 from the top of Blows Down - a climb which is well worth it for the views.

In 2002 Ian Terrell obtained permission from BT to take these close-up views showing the two large "Hog-Horn" microwave relay antennas. He says: "These are becoming increasingly rare now, with most links using Parabolic reflectors."

Ian returned some time later to obtain updated views when the horns (and some dishes) had been removed.

As you can see the removal of the horns makes the broadcast aerials more visible.

Finally, a shot of the horns, now without their covers, on the ground.

BBC Three Counties Radio coverage area map

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