THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY
|Photos by Dan Glover||Page last updated: 2012-04-17|
|A quick visit in mid-April to look for DSO changes...would the new arrangements be any more visible than the previous broadcast antennas?|
At DSO, Margate becomes SFN with Dover and gains a significant power increase. Perhaps as well, since everyone nearby has a Group A antenna...
Previous more elaborate plans such as including Ramsgate and a new site at Broadstairs within the SFN have been abandoned and Margate is no longer to be in a separate "transmitter group".
Within five minutes of the last photo the weather had turned: hail and lightning. Not the best time to be ~60m AGL for the man in the orange helmet.
|If you knew where to look, something has been added, but the new antenna isn't particularly obvious. It's also a bit unconventional...|
|...in the centre, what looks like two empty poles close together - more detail below.|
At roof level on the left is the new equipment enclosure
|According to the planning application, we have a "3db colinear and reflector kit".|
The tx logs on the left may have been re-located as they seem a bit higher than in previous photos of the site. Finally we have a reasonably clear image of one of the rx logs!
|Note how the tx logs hide when anyone tries to approach...|
What we may have is an omnidirectional antenna inside the shroud, with a smaller diameter reflector in close proximity - and a man in a hard hat. He'll probably know how it's meant to work.
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