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Photos by Brian Manley and Dan Glover Page last updated: 2017-12-08
Orpington Greater London
NGR: TQ458652 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 68m      Structure Height: 40m
Digital TV: BBC A: 29 D3&4: 31 BBC B: 37
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio:
Comments: Orpington is a relay of Crystal Palace. Pre-B700 allocations: 59/55/50.

June 2007 - updated October 2009

Brian: I've been meaning to bag this one a while. I live 7 miles away but can still get a faint signal (it's only 13W but quite high up).

It was built about 15 years ago to cover a hole in the coverage of Crystal Palace (mostly on the downside of a railway embankment). Many of the older aerials I saw were truly huge with quite a few pointing towards Sudbury (some 55 miles away)!

The mast itself is inside waterboard land. The man on the gate was quite helpful but said "sorry I can't let you in", hence only a waterboard site sign! You can see the recieve aerial easily enougth near the top of the mast. We went round to the side of the site afterwards and I think you can just about see the broadcast aerials.

Dan found this alternative view from a side road. The domestic aerial on the left is on an over-length pole and possibly once aimed at Crystal Palace. No idea why it's pointing away from the relay - has it blown round in the wind or was there too much signal!

This view confirms there are just two dipoles for transmit

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