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SUDBURY

Photos by David Foord Page last updated: 2011-07-18

Pre-DSO

The Sudbury station, located at Workhouse Green, some 3 miles to the south of the town of Sudbury in Suffolk, was built to provide UHF coverage to those parts of East Anglia where reception of signals from Tacolneston and Sandy Heath would be poor. As it happens, reception of Sudbury is also possible in parts of North Kent.
The station opened, transmitting BBC2 from 10-Nov-1968, with BBC1 and ITV added on or around 18-Nov-1970.

With the advent of digital television a second mast, Sudbury B, has been added to the site.

Pre-DSO power and frequency limitations meant that two channels were used from Sudbury B for the ITV Digital multiplex. Coverage was still unsatisfactory though. The coastal towns to the south-east could not in general receive the multiplex reliably, if at all. This is despite these areas mostly having clear line-of-sight to the mast, which is only about 35km away.

The Aerials and Television web page from Justin Smith (see link below) provides a good analysis of which array transmits what - and the associated problems.










In this and most of the following photos Sudbury B is on the left.






<- Sudbury A and Sudbury B ->


The base of Sudbury B, located a short distance from the transmitter hall.

Sudbury index

Sudbury at Aerials and Television
BBC Research paper (1968) UHF Transmitting Aerial for the Sudbury Television Station

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