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Luton Bedfordshire
NGR: TL081210 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 157m Structure Height: 45m
Digital TV: BBC A: 50 D3&4: 59 BBC B: 55
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Comments: Luton is a relay of Sandy Heath
   

At one time I lived virtually in the shadow of this relay station.

As you can see from the first two photos it's located right on the edge of a housing estate in the area known locally as Farley Hill, though more accurately it is actually Winsdon Hill!

When BBC Radio Bedfordshire opened this site provided a low power relay of the station on 103.7MHz, later changed to 103.8MHz and the service later moved to co-site with ILR at Zouches Farm with much higher power.

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The rectangular panel about half-way up is the 'trough' aerial which receives the off-air signals from Sandy Heath that provide the feed for the relay.

 

The mast also has two regular UHF receiving aerials on it, about half-way up. The one on the left is looking at Crystal Palace, while the log-periodic on the right is looking at Sandy Heath. These may have been been supplying feeds to the local cable franchise's head-end.

BBC 3CR coverage area map | Farley Hill

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