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Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:28 pm
Thought this may be of interest to old and new associates.
Billinge Radio Station c1938
Posted: Mon May 02, 2005 2:59 pm
Karl, a very interesting picture. The masts look more like 1950's than late 1930's as they appear to have link aerials, yagi 6 elelments, attached but I could be wrong.
Any more info?
Posted: Mon May 02, 2005 4:06 pm
It has to be around the year stated as Billinge (I believe) was built in the very early 50's.
I have worked at Billinge since 1997, but we don't get much info on the history.
The picture was taken from a local 'Billingers' web site, where there are loads of pictures of the village and people, but this is the only picture of the site.
Posted: Mon May 02, 2005 6:28 pm
Karl, thanks for the feedback, I remember the same masts being around in the 1960's when I joined the outfit at Cranbrook. They were basically guyed poles. The brackets you can see sticking out held the link yagi aerials.
Billinge would have been built around 1942. Most of the regional radio stations had a 132 foot broadcast mast for the TX and two 75 foot poles holding a dipole for the RX. It was an MF set-up until after the war.
Please give my regards to the Billingers. I last visited the site in 1992.
Billinge Photo Update
Posted: Mon May 02, 2005 9:11 pm
Further to my last email to you the other day. I have since established the name and contact details of the person who lodged the photo on the Billinge site and have written to him requesting permission to publish the photo on DTELS.Org. I have also been passed an article which outlines the history associated with the early days of DOT Billinge and I am also hoping to be able to publish this article. I will email you when I know more.
Meanwhile, thanks for bringing this photo to my attention. It has produced some interesting information, which hopefully can be shared with others soon.
Posted: Tue May 03, 2005 6:04 pm
That's great news and I look forward to reading the article.
Please don't forget to email me when it's up for viewing.