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THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY

BRISTOL (ILCHESTER CRESCENT)

Photos by Robert Whittaker Page last updated: 2015-10-26

This site is located on a ridge in south Bristol and is a high power TV and FM relay covering most parts of central and south Bristol that are shielded from Mendip by the downs that rise out of the southern edge of the city.

Originally a BBC landlord site, BBC 2 entered service on 1st December 1969. The same service date as its parent main station Mendip. BBC 1 and ITV were added on 15th December 1972, with Channel 4 from March 1983. The UHF cylinder contains a south-east facing cardioid. DTT was added late in 1999. DSO was on 24th March and 7th April 2010.

BBC national FM radio, and Radio Bristol entered service on 26th November 1984. Radio 1 was added in the spring of 1993. Radio Bristol closed on 26th October 2007. Service transferred to Bristol East Dundry.




Below the UHF cylinder are the Band II aerials. The lower array has antennas on all four faces of the mast, and was the Radio Bristol antenna. The top array only has antennas on the North and East faces for the national services.






The RX aerials can clearly be seen in picture 5. There are two horizontally polarised UHF yagis pointing at Mendip, with a single vertically polarised UHF log periodic pointing towards Bristol Kings Weston Hill (presumably for monitoring purposes). The VHF receive aerials are lower down, and comprise a stacked pair of horizontally polarised log periodics, pointing at Wenvoe.


The UHF aerial used for all analogue and digital TV services.








This last shot looks down on Ilchester Crescent from the East Dundry Lane site.

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