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THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY

Photos by Lee Goulding and Brian Wilson Page last updated: 2013-06-07
Harlow Hill
NGR: SE288542 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 180m      Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Stray FM: 97.2 
Digital Radio:
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What is this extraordinary piece of architecture? It looks as if someone has stuck a small gasometer on top of a water tower which, as a result, is now slowly sinking into the ground!


Harlow Hill is an area of high ground amongst parkland to the west of Harrogate. At the top is a substantial old water tower which houses a number of transmission aerials. Amongst these, and I must admit I am not absolutely sure where, is one used for transmission of the local ILR service Stray FM on 97.2MHz.


Stray FM covers the area centred on Harrogate, but the location of Harlow Hill and its eastern aspect allows the station to cover a wide area of Yorkshire between the Pennines, the Wolds and the North York Moors.


Brian Wilson visited the site and took the photo below. He writes:

A photo taken in June 2013, showing the Mixed Polarisation 'Shively' style antennas installed at the site some years ago, which replaced the two slightly slanted dipoles shown in the older photo. These are smaller, lighter and cheaper than the popular Sira alternatives, but are known to be extremely ‘fussy’ to install, and exhibit extreme reactions to nearby structures. Even moving a nearby feeder cable by just 5 millimetres can adversely affecting matching (SWR).



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