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Photos by Malcolm Pritchard and Paul Martin Page last updated: 2020-05-02

Darwen was originally an ITA landlord site with BBC-2 entering service on the 25th August 1969. BBC-1 was added on 1st June 1970, ITV from 1st November 1971 and Channel 4 from May 1984. The UHF cylinder contains a west facing cardioid. DSO was on 4th November and 2nd December 2009. BBC national FM radio services were added on 28th November 1991.

Darwen is less than six miles NE of Winter Hill, but shielded by high moorland.

The first photo of Darwen (below) was taken in July 1982 by Malcolm Pritchard. The tower was not completely devoid of mobile radio antennas back then. There was a UHF array on the right leg. "I bet there's a bit more hung on it now" ...

Winter Hill 6 miles away.

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