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Haywards Heath VHF
NGR: TQ338229 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 81m      Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Bright 106.4: 106.4 
Digital Radio:

July 2011

I found a reference to Bright FM's site being the water tower at the Princess Royal Hospital - and here it is.

By happy coincidence the hospital is on high ground near the centre of town, and the water tower is clear of the surrounding buildings and trees.

Spectrasite Transco is now Arqiva but perhaps listed building consent will be required before someone can change the sign? (Company name changed to SST in 2002, then to Gridcom, then National Grid Wireless...)

The broadcast antenna is on the stub mast in the centre. GSM panels mounted near the top of the structure have been "disguised" and some of the upper windows have been replaced with GRP to provide further options for antenna installation.

The Shively Labs mixed polarisation antenna (on the right) is a reasonably discreet solution for this sort of site.

Further research suggests the shrouded yagi (just above parapet on the left) is likely to be an SHF link from the studios in Burgess Hill.

The modern hospital is adjacent to the former Brighton County Borough Asylum, which apparently started as the Sussex County Asylum in 1859 and was also known as St Francis Hospital. Parts remained in use until 1995.

The water tower dates from 1908 and is Grade II listed. Many of the original buildings remain nearby, now converted to apartments.

As the above sign indicates, the hospital is also home to a lower power AM station. I didn't have time to track it down.

Princess Royal Hospital

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