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Photos by Alan Price and Dan Glover Page last updated: 2016-10-20
Sandwell (West Bromwich) West Midlands
NGR: SP007908 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Raaj FM: 91.3 
Digital Radio:

Updated October 2016

Raaj FM is the Asian community station for the Sandwell area (West Bromwich, Oldbury, Smethwick etc). The building is in quite a prominent location, and is visible from the M5 motorway.

Alan observed: "The installation here is very similar to that at Walsall for Ambur Radio - I wonder if it was done by the same people?"

The arrival of Alan's Photos prompted Dan to find some earlier and previously unpublished views of the site - see end of page. For a time there were two CR stations using the same transmitter site but with separate antennas on the building.

The licence for Raaj FM was awarded by Ofcom on 23 May 2008 and the station was on-air from 22 December 2008. The licence for SACDA Radio was also awarded in May 2008 with the station operational from May 2010, later changing its name to Radio Sandwell but closing in November 2011.

Two stacked CTE PCL-5 antennas providing mixed polarisation and omnidirectional coverage

Around the other side... Alan commented: "I suspect the small dish on the right is part of the STL link, but I'm not sure if the dipole is connected to the station."

The dipole is believed to have been the antenna for SACDA/Radio Sandwell

The studio site for SACDA/Radio Sandwell in Bull Street, December 2010 - there was a small square panel just above the roof which faced the transmitter site just along the road...

...where there is/was a similar panel under the dipole.

Radio Sandwell was found by Ofcom to be in breach of the licence terms when for an extended period the station had broadcast pre-recorded material rather than the normal output. This was stated to be the result of technical problems following transfer to a new studio. Radio Sandwell appears to have continued as an Internet-only station.

Meanwhile, back in December 2010 Raaj FM had a link on Band I...

...using a pair of log-periodic antennas over the short path between studio and transmitter

The Raaj FM studio was at this point at the junction of High Street and Trinity Way.

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