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Photos by Alan Price Page last updated: 2016-12-06
Oldham Civic Centre Lancashire
NGR: SD923051 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 203m      Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Oldham Community Radio: 99.7  The Revolution: 96.2 
Digital Radio:
Comments:

November 2016

Oldham Civic Centre stands on the foothills of the Pennines, with line of sight over Greater Manchester, the Cheshire Plain, and no doubt parts of Liverpool. It's no wonder that both of the stations that broadcast from here are heard over quite a wide area - I was surprised to learn that The Revolution uses just 100 watts, probably the standard ILR power at the time.

The Revolution opened in August 1999, Oldham Community Radio started broadcasting on Saturday 17th March 2007.


The Civic Centre opened in 1977, the tower stands 61 metres high.


Having a look on Street View confirmed that Oldham Community Radio is fed by a 'flat panel' link. However, there are two flat panels here which could be the STL.


Around the back... Looking on Street View, The Revolution has a small microwave dish attached to it's studios. The dish highlighted is pointing in the right direction, and looks 'weathered' enough to be the right one.


Ofcom data shows both stations with vertical polarisation and an omnidirectional pattern. They could be using the same antenna, or separate. It might be one of these...


...or one of these?


After further consideration, the centre antenna in this group seems to be the end-fed Jaybeam type 7034 favoured by many Community Radio stations but rated at 250 W and therefore suitable for use by both stations. Of course it could be cut for a different frequency band (versions are available for 48 to 200 MHz) and nothing to do with broadcasting.

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