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Photos by Mark Carver and Dan Glover Page last updated: 2015-08-18
Hythe (Hants) Hampshire
NGR: SU421087 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 20m
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Comments: Used to relay ITV on ch59 from Rowridge. Decommissioned 21 March 2012

Updated August 2012 and August 2015

Hythe (NOT to be confused with another relay in Kent, also called Hythe) was a special single channel ITV only relay, along with North Winchester and Hatch Bottom.

The town of Hythe is on the west side of Southampton water. Reception of Rowridge is screened by a local hill. This relay is in the same direction as Hannington to the north for the target service area, and was commissioned by Meridian in 1994 to provide the correct news sub region (from Rowridge) to the town.

Therefore (as with the other two sites) transmissions were horizontally polarised, so that most viewers need not alter their receiving aerial in order to receive it.

The Meridian sub region ceased in 2008, so this relay was superfluous and (along with the other two) it was switched off at DSO in March 2012.

Everything was still in place at the time of Dan's August 2012 visit. The antennas were still in place during August 2015 with no apparent re-use of the structure

Above and below: Mark's photos show the location, behind a boat yard at the north of Hythe Marina Village

As seen from the Southampton to Cowes ferry

Dan found a footpath parallel to the shore and went for a closer look

There are no site sharers - maybe the site will just completely disappear at some point?

For reasons explained above, transmission was horizontally polarised, from the 2 x 2 crossed logs at the top. The two lower logs received Rowridge

It's just possible to see the equipment enclosure through a gap in the close-boarded fence

Above: as seen from the Hythe Marina car park in August 2015 - nothing added and nothing taken away

Hatch Bottom | North Winchester

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