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Photos by Peter Bigwood and Simon Crees Page last updated: 2018-11-21

May 2005 and before

Aldeburgh entered service with 405-line BBC 1 on VHF channel 5 on 30th December 1967. The programme feed was via an SHF link at 7.442 GHz from Tacolneston. 405-line BBC 1 closed on the 4th October 1982 at Aldeburgh.

UHF TV commenced with BBC 2 on the 18th March 1968, BBC 1 from 24th July 1972, ITV from 24th November 1972, with Channel 4 from March 1984. DSO was on the 9th and 23rd November 2011.

Radio Suffolk entered service on the 4th December 2002.

At the time Peter Bigwood visited the site planning permission had been granted for a new tower, which was required for the addition of band II transmit aerials for Radio Suffolk, at this site. His second photo shows work in progress.

The remaining images are from Simon Crees who wrote: As a regular visitor to your site I noticed that the most recent pictures you had of Aldeburgh show the old tower (now dismantled) and the base of the new tower under construction about two years ago. I visited the site on 1-May-2005 and took these pictures.

The new tower appears to be about the same height as the old one but is of a more sturdy construction. It is also worth mentioning that this site now also carries BBC Radio Suffolk as a filler relay for the Suffolk coast. The receiving antennas for the TV signal from Tacolneston in Norfolk can clearly be seen about half way up on the long shot of the tower.

Aldeburgh index

Aldeburgh UHF BBC R&D report

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