THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY
|Photos by David Foord, Nick Rice and Rupert Fennymore||Page last updated: 2016-03-22|
|Numerically the first relay of Crystal Palace (site 101.01), BBC 2 Guildford entered service on 19th November 1966 - see BBC Research paper linked below. BBC 1 was added in October 1970, ITV from 24th March 1972 and Channel 4 from October 1984.|
ILR Guildford (County Sound) was the first radio service to start broadcasting from this site on 4th April 1983. BBC FM radio was added on 15th August 1984, with Radio 1 from 16th November 1990, Radio Surrey from 14th November 1991 and Kane FM from 23rd September 2011.
DAB service dates are: BBC, 1st August 1997; Digital One, 10th August 1999; London 1, 12th June 2000; London 2, 13th November 2000; London 3, 16th January 2002; Surrey, 12th December 2013; Sound Digital, 29th February 2016.
The original configuration used twin troughs for receive but at some stage these have been replaced by a log periodic (or maybe more than one - see later photographs).
These photos show FM, DAB and interim DTT all in place.
|Nick Rice: "This took a while to stitch together in Photoshop but I feel it shows all the Guildford masts in stunning perspective - I'm quite pleased with it! (Shame it was cloudy!)"|
|It was brighter at the time of David's visit...|
|At the top the UHF cylinder - possibly not the original from 1966 but of similar type.|
BBC Surrey and the national networks share the two tiers of panels. Ofcom data is slightly unclear when it comes to the local commercial station - there doesn't seem to be a separate antenna yet the parameters are different.
All DAB services share the same array, embedded within the Band II aperture.
Bottom left: two groups of shrouded logs for interim DTT. These are arranged as crossed pairs but with a third log in the centre at each level.
The single log below is the analogue feed from Crystal Palace.
|David Foord's view, from the site, of Guildford Cathedral|
|Above and below: two shots taken by Nick Rice on a cold, snowy day in January 2003 from Mare Hill near Milford - some 7 miles distant from the Guildford site!|
Guildford MF | Peasmarsh
Guildford UHF Relay Station: Summary of Installation (BBC Research paper)
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