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Photos by Mike Smith and John A Butler Page last updated: 2018-10-30

It's a good steep walk up to Nine Barrow Down - about 1½ miles - and there is no vehicular access. It was a very hot day but the views at the top were worth the walk, so I took lots of pictures of the mast and some good scenic views of the countryside.

The mast at Nine Barrow Down was installed in 1990 for the Bournemouth & Poole ILR service, 2CR, as a replacement for their Poole transmitter, to give better coverage in Dorset. For some weeks the two transmitters simultaneously broadcast 2CR, Poole on 97.2 (1kW) and Nine Barrow Down on the newly allocated frequency of 102.3, with a higher power of 2kW. While driving around Dorset at the time the difference was very noticeable, Nine Barrow Down was, of course, much better.

As can be seen from my photographs, the 'X' type mixed polarized aerials (with rear reflector in this case), popular with many ILR stations, are used and are installed at the top of the mast. The site is now also home to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and the pair of 4 element band III Yagi aerials can be seen a little lower down the mast.

I have also included two views from Nine Barrow Down, the first is of the rather impressive Poole Harbour while the second shows the popular resort of Swanage.

Poole Harbour.


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