THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY
|Photos by Steve Buckley and Ian Porter||Page last updated: 2014-06-19|
|Weardale was once a Band I site but the tower is of a type used at many early UHF relays.|
When originally commissioned in 1966 (see BBC Research Report) the Band I array occupied the whole of the parallel section at the top, and Band II was a single horizontal dipole at around 20m AGL. The BBC 1, 405-line service closed on 4th January 1983. FM radio was re-engineered for mixed polarisation, and Radio 1 added in February 1993.
Stays have been added - possibly due to the age of the structure and the exposed location?
|Another site where the signs are used for target practice.|
|Steve submitted the original photo of this site (date unknown). Ian's update shows the addition of stays and removal of a few SHF links.|
|The use of a cylinder and twin troughs suggests this was an early UHF relay. BBC 2 went into service in early 1969, BBC 1 in 1972, ITV on 24th August 1973 and Channel 4 in September 1986.|
For Band II there are four slant polarised dioples rather than the usual panels. Perhaps this was done to reduce wind loading?
|The FM receive log is at relatively low level.|
BBC Research Report 1966/48: Transmitting Aerials for the Weardale VHF Television and VHF Sound Station
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