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Photos by Dan Glover Page last updated: 2017-08-07
Fort Purbrook
NGR: SU679063 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Angel Radio: 89.3 
Digital Radio:
Comments: Service transferred from Havant 1st Feb 2017.

August 2017

Fort Purbroook is one of several "Palmerston Forts" built in the 1860s to protect Portsmouth and is around 1.5 miles east of Fort Widley. Both Forts are Grade II* listed and now operated by the Peter Ashley Activity Centres Trust. As of January 2017 both are broadcast sites.

Angel Radio held the Community Radio licence for Havant since 2002, latterly operating from a site just east of the town, but in 2016 was awarded another CR licence for the Portsmouth area. Ofcom rules required the surrender of the Havant licence but the new site provides good coverage to the old service area. The frequency change from 101.1 MHz to 89.3 MHz was seen as a bonus by Angel's Station Manager (Tony Smith): "nobody in Portsmouth will be able to tune into BBC Radio 2 without finding Angel Radio first"

The transmit antenna is just visible above the wall, approximately in the centre of this view

Viewed from the east, the Fort merges into the hillside. The broadcast antenna is just visible in the centre...

...the dipole provides maximum ERP to the east and the usual reduction of about 5 dB to the west caused by the mast. Underneath are a Band I link yagi (the studio remains in Havant). The other dipole is assumed to be for communications rather than broadcast use.

Fort Widley | Havant

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