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THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY

Photos by Ian Simons and Dan Glover Page last updated: 2016-02-21
Stamford Lincolnshire
NGR: TF032067 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 17m
Digital TV: BBC A: 47 D3&4: 41 BBC B: 44
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Comments: Stamford is a relay of Waltham

Updated February 2016

No change to the antennas since Ian's visit but the cabinet has been replaced (probably around the time of DSO) and a new fence installed.

Originally an IBA landlord site that entered service on 23rd September 1985. DSO was on 17th and 31st August 2011.


Above: in Ian's photo the equipment enclosure (probably the original) is of the "shower cubicle" type


From a similar perspective: all the changes are at ground level


A minimalist arrangement: crossed logs for transmit and a single receive log


A Mystery Thing

It was there before the new cabin. It is connected to a coax feeder so is presumably an antenna of some sort. It could be a GPS antenna but why would this have been needed for an analogue relay?

ITV at Stamford shared the same UHF channel (39) as Channel 5 from Sandy Heath. To protect both services the transmitter at Sandy Heath and the Stamford relay were planned to be locked to GPS disciplined precision oscillators.

At Stamford new frequency locked transposer which used the GPS antenna was tested at the site only for a few days, but it was found local noise was causing the new transposer too many problems and it was decided to remain on the original transposer until DSO. GPS antenna remained in position and unused.


The base for the previous cabinet can be seen on the right


No sharers here and even the site number is blank...


... there's no site number on the outer gate either (see below)

Stamford is a "stone town" - a conservation area with listed buildings everywhere. Anything "new" is now carefully styled so it looks like it has always been there. The fencing and chunky metal enclosure are in contrast with the stone wall and wooden gate - but the relay is adjacent to an electrical sub station with its own collection of grey boxes and opposite a 1950/60s school building in a style which probably wouldn't be allowed now


No number - how do I prove I've visited the correct site?


On the corner of the road "Stamford Borough Boundary 1832" - though it was nearer 7pm when I visited

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