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Photos by Dan Glover (and Nathan May) Page last updated: 2018-02-06

February 2018 - mixed polarisation

It seems KMFM switched to mixed polarisation some years ago - Ofcom data from May 2014 shows 75 W ERP VP and HP rather than 250 W VP only in earlier data. There are some oddities however, see below...

No signage at the site, but wikipedia notes: "A replica beacon pole and the village coat of arms celebrate the role that the village played as a signal bonfire site for many hundreds of years"

The water tower was built for the Mid Kent Water Company in 1957.

The slant-polarised antenna faces north and the detailed parameters in the Ofcom data support this - yet the maximum ERP is shown as on bearing 080 in the summary data.

Seen from the west - the earlier photo from Nathan suggests the original installation comprised a group of three dipoles with reflectors, as seen below...

...old Ofcom data shows a null to the west but coverage north, east and south.

Coxheath index

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Modifications to tx aerial to add horizontal component to existing vertical

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