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RAMPISHAM

Photos by Chris Walford Page last updated: 2016-05-07

Rampisham BBC World Service Transmitter site ~ various dates 2005 - 2015

During the Second World War the BBC built an extensive new short wave transmitting station at Rampisham Down in Dorset in response to war communication demands, knitting the Empire together and maintaining critical diplomatic and military communication links across the globe.
27 steel pylons supported a series of curtain antenna, many of which were electronically switchable, steerable and reversible, giving shaped and targeted beams capable of transmitting worldwide, subject to favourable conditions.
With its distinctive hammer-head towers, the Rampisham system composed a characteristic and alien landmark on this rural hilltop.
Rampisham made its final transmission during 2011, and most of the towers have been demolished at the time of writing (May 2016).
Construction on the site for solar PV generation was started, but has been suspended pending the settlement of a planning dispute.


Rampisham Down : long shot in the landscape before demolition.
January 2012


24 hours, 365 days each year for over 70 years, all weathers.
January 2012


Towers and curtains.
November 2005


Transmission lines, switches, curtains and towers.
November 2005


Established in service
(photo slightly enhanced to show up the rigging).
November 2005


Masts and Curtains.
January 2012


More Masts.
January 2012


Waveguides and transmission lines.
January 2012


HF antenna switch.
January 2012


HF switch ~ detail.
January 2012


Tower detail.
January 2012


Tower and array detail, showing how complicated the suspended assemblies were.
(January 2012)


More flying assembly detail.
January 2012


Curtain.
January 2012


Four-in-a-line, dressed to party;
towers A - D, rigged.
January 2012


Sunset,
August 2012


Sunset,
August 2012


Sorry entrails;
demolition has started.
February 2013


Naked towers, Four-in-a-line.
February 2013


The arrays are down, the towers remain.
February 2013


DANGER and Identity signs.
February 2013


February 2013


It's thinning out
February 2013


February 2013


February 2013


February 2013


Pylon DANGER and identification signs.
February 2013


Survivors in the bleak Rampisham Down hilltop mist.
December 2015


Redundant anchorage turnbuckles, vacant in the elements.
December 2015


Survivor (so far), in hilltop mist.
December 2015


Four disappearing into the mist.
December 2015

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