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Orfordness Suffolk
NGR: TM450511 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Radio Caroline: 648 kHz 
Digital Radio:
Comments: Formerly transmitted BBC World Service for Europe on 648 kHz and vernacular BBC European services on 1296 kHz; no longer used by the BBC. November 2017: Radio Caroline begins AM transmissions from the site, using the former standby monopole for 648 kHz.

The five World Service 648 kHz masts (beam bearing 131)
The base of the western-most 648 kHz mast
The six 1296 kHz masts now used by Radio Nationaal (beam bearing 96)

The 1296 kHz masts plus a new mast whose exact function is, as yet, unconfirmed

The transmitter building from the North

The transmitter building from the South

The transmitter hall is so large because it was built to house the (failed) top secret Anglo-American System 441A 'over-the-horizon' backscatter radar system called Cobra Mist

More about Orfordness at Subterranea Britannica

Pictures inside the transmitter hall can be seen on the Radio Nationaal web site

The military area adjoining the site is now looked after by the National Trust

Orfordness is one of seven UK sites owned by Merlin Communications.
The others are Fareham, London, Rampisham, Skelton, Warwick and Woofferton.

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