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Photos by Rob Shufflebotham Page last updated: 2011-09-05

Update: June 2011

Alexandra Palace or more usually Ally Pally is the most historic broadcast site in the coutry, so when stuck at Kings Cross station with a couple of hours to kill, what better to do than a quick trip up the line and a short (steep!) walk to the palace.

What a view there is when you get there too, the tower is fantastic. Oh, Scenery? Yes, quite nice too. Photos at the end. For now, onto the main structure.

Who'd like a high res composite of the whole tower? Well it just so happens I have one! Right at the top we have the main (National?) DAB array. Below that is at least one FM antenna for the FM services. Further below is the 8 panel TV array. Looking further down the tower what appears to be several smaller DAB arrays can be seen. (Editor's note: AP was at one time home to some Band III mobile radio networks, Ofcom data shows DAB as being only the top array.)

On the south side of the mast you can just make out the Rx antenna on Crystal Palace.

Here's that FM array again. (Editor's note - I believe the broadcast antenna is just the slanted dipole?)

Another angle on the TV Rx Log.

Onto some shots of the building now, the tower sitting under forboding skies. There was building work going on when I visited hence the wood covering areas of the building.

Views from the site over London are stunning.

Central London inc Gherkin

Canary Wharf and Docklands.

Using my old Panasonic DMC-FZ18's 504mm lens (The rest of the set was shot on my new Nikon D90!) I managed to grab some updates for other sites from Ally Pally, making this a multi site hit.

First off, Crystal Palace. From this shot you can clearly see the new DTT array is in place(!).

Croydon here, no changes I can see.

Finally the BT tower, looks like they haven't changed anything here either. Pair of DAB antennas still as they were !

To the right is Euston Tower, home of Capital Radio 1973 to 1997.

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BT Tower | Croydon | Crystal Palace

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