Your chance to put faces to names of some of the contributors to the TX Gallery and the tx-list. If you are a contributor to either and would like to be included on this page please drop me a line
Mike was born in 1955 and has lived in the Herts / Beds area for most of his life although he has now moved to Cornwall. He started this site in 1995 and since then, with the help of other like-minded enthusists, things have gotten a bit out-of-hand!
Occupation: Sound engineer, hostmaster and postmaster
Born in Stoke-on-Trent in the late 70s. Attended primary school in Chelmsford, grammar school in Grantham, and university in Aberystwyth. Entered the world of broadcasting in 1994 - hospital radio has never been the same since. I've been station engineer for a few restricted service licences. I've been a radio ham since 2003.
Location: Newark, Notts
Rigging an antenna for an RSL last March. Planned it to take an hour, and actually took 5 hours in the freezing cold on top of a hill. Turned it on, to test it, and then discovered that we were unable to receive the UHF uplink.
Born six months before BBC 2, stuck fingers in live light socket at the age of 3, the rest was fate really.
Location: North Hampshire (within the 70dBuV/m contour of
Nigel and Anne Coote
Nigel J. Coote
Interested in transmission in one form or another since building my own radio in my formative years. Have worked in the consumer AV service industry for the past 24 years, so have always had a need to know about how well the transmitter is operating, in order to advise customers about reception.
Location: Wrexham, North East Wales
Why take photos of transmitter masts? Because I find it amazing that
The work of the unsung heroes (riggers, planners, maintenance engineers)
is never publically acknowledged. Hopefully the images published
on this website go some way to rectifying this.
Born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, 1956, Jordy lived in Newcastle, NI for most of
his life before moving to Belfast. Jordy worked as an operations director for a large multi-national
Sadly, Jordy died in 2008, but he made many useful and interesting contributions to this site which stand as a legacy to his enthusiasm and generosity.
I was born in East Yorkshire in 1973, and lived my childhood within sight of High Hunsley. My interest in radio started when at the age of 13 my father bought me a radio mic that transmitted onto band II. Very quickly I discovered that by cutting some copper tube into the correct length half wave dipole the mic could actually transmit about half a mile. I went on to build a pirate radio station covering my village, and progressed through to presenting on hospital radio, RSLs, and the odd ILR swing shift.
Following graduation with a Degree in Marketing, I have worked in the commercial world, but love to get out and have a good 'anorak' at a tx or studio site. One of my first jobs was in European Sales for Digital Audio Research (now defunct), selling audio workstations into TV, radio and post which was fascinating and I got to see lots of great studio facilities.
I also enjoy computing and following a Masters Degree in IT & eBusiness have gone onto working in the IT security industry. At home I maintain my own network with load balanced 16Mb and 8Mb internet feeds protected by SmoothWall Advanced Firewall , Windows 2003 domain controller, Exchange Server, and IIS web server which hosts my personal site.
Location: Bramhall, Cheshire (10mi South of Manchester)
Photo taken by my ever patient wife at Icomb Hill in the Cotswolds
Cameras: A manual-focus Pentax SLR, used for the early efforts at Nottingham, Waltham and Lichfield. An auto-focus Canon Eos series SLR, used for Chesterfield. A Ricoh digital compact, 2 megapixels, used for Durness. My best camera available now is the 2 megapixel one in my mobile phone - though I don't rule out getting something better at some stage in the future, that will have to do for any others I attempt.
I live in London, although I lived in Nottingham when I started taking photos for your site.
Location: Oldham, Greater Manchester
Born in 1977. Still alive. Worked in student radio from '95 to '99, worked in commercial radio ever since.
God-awful photo of me attached, at a club OB sometime in late 2003 or early 2004. I still have no idea why the bear ears were involved...
| Location: North Wales
Occupation: Data manager, sound tech.
Camera: Nikon D2x
Webby stuff: http://www.garysmith.org.uk
Why masts? Hmm. Long story which passes through mobile phones, geekery and whatnot. They're pretty spectacular, aren't they? They look like you should be able to push them and they'd fall over. But they don't. That's something in itself. They fascinate me - they're beautiful. Also, quite eery - driving through the pitch black countryside and seeing a row of AWLs in front of you is ace.
|Web site link: http://www.mds975.co.uk/
Exeter University Chem Hons
1977 - 1980
Martin is pictured here holding his one-eighth scale model of the Caradon Hill mast.
I was born in 1949 and very soon became interested in TV aerials. They were quite rare so I would spot them as we drove along in the motorbike and sidecar. When I started school I would draw the letters 'H' and 'X' with masts attached, insisting to the teacher that this was correct. That's when I first formed the opinion that young women were intrinsically thick, an opinion that I have found no reason to revise in the following fifty years.
ITV came out when I was seven and I would go out with Dad and put the aerials together while he put the ladders up. For a while after that I had a fairly normal childhood but by the time I was 13 I was fixing aerials at every possible opportunity. BBC2 started and I got 1/- [one shilling = 5p] per aerial. I was the richest kid in the school so I was able to pass my exams by bribing the teachers.
As soon as I was seventeen I nicked Dad's van and his customers, allowing 'A' Level studies to take third place (after boozing). I failed my exams spectacularly so there was only one thing for it. I became a schoolteacher, the worst downward turn in my whole life. But then it took a very steep upward turn when I married Hil, the love of my life.
After a short while I decided that we needed to be middle class so I resigned from teaching and started up as a full time aerial rigger. Nothing interesting happened in my life after that -- just kids and stuff. I'm still here, trading as Wright's Aerials. These days I don't do much proper work though. I just 'swan around' according to my son Paul. Swanning around mostly involves looking after largish TV distribution systems, and basically cherry-picking the challenging jobs and making Paul do all the crap ones. I get to some fascinating places, and see human life in all its variety.
Location: South Yorkshire
I photograph transmitters because it gives a sense of purpose to our roaming around the countryside. I'm proud to be a small part of the mighty edifice that is mb21
Bill is pictured here surveying his estate from the Emley Moor observation platform.
|Born in May 1975 in Ipswich, Phil now resides on the side of Kilvey Hill in Bonymaen, Swansea (and has a great view of the masts!) He has some health issues, but plods on, or at least tries to. He has done a few bits in the media including presenting on radio (including presenting shows on RSL station Wham Radio in Blaenafon, RSL station Oxford Local Radio in Oxford, a show on community station Bro Radio in Barry, helped to run and also presented on the community station Radio Tircoed in Swansea, 4 weeks at Asian Sound Radio in Manchester presenting and social media, as well as presenting and other bits at hospital stations Radio BGM in Llanelli and NH Sound in Abergavenny). He has also done a bit of television, hospital TV at Morriston Hospital (sadly no longer, as the heath authority decided it wasn't in its plans for the hospital revamp) where he has learned editing, filming and he even produced and presented his own programme. Find Phil on line at www.philengland.com or www.facebook.com/philengland and Twitter @philengland1