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Photos by Peter Vrakking and Dan Glover Page last updated: 2011-08-26

May 2009, updated August 2011

Peter: During my holiday in New Romney we went to visit Dungeness and we passed Lydd. I knew somewhere there was a medium wave antenna and I found it near some allotment gardens.

Dan: Peter's photos led to a bit of discussion about the "electrical" arrangement of the antenna. I went in search of more detail.

Antenna top

Close up of the antenna top with aviation warning light

The shelter that contains the transmitters and the 2 satellite dishes to receive Absolute Radio and Talk Sport.

Editor's note: Compared to mb21's previous pictures, one of the dishes has been moved. I think the wooden just a shed!

We can now see that the top group of stays (there are six at this level) have an insulator part way along. The inner section is electrically bonded to the mast - forming a "capacity hat" and effectively increasing the length.

The other stays don't seem to have much by way of insulators - but they may well be polypropylene.

Peering through the inner fence, the antenna looks to be insulated from ground and base fed. The grey cable strapped to the mast powers the navigation light at the top - the site is very close to Lydd airport.

Lydd index

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