Swingate transmitting station
The three Swingate towers
|Height of tower||111 metres (364 ft)|
|Demolished||2010 (South tower)|
The Swingate transmitting station is a facility for FM-transmission in the village of Swingate, near Dover, Kent (grid reference TR334429). For many years there were three lattice towers with a height of 111 metres (364 ft). This station was one of the first 5 Chain Home Radar stations completed in 1936 and was originally designated AMES (Air Ministry Experimental Station) 04 Dover. The FM transmitting antennas are attached to what was the middle tower; microwave link dishes and mobile telephone antennas were spread across all three towers. The south tower was dismantled in March 2010.
The Swingate towers no longer have the three cantilever platforms that were fitted originally.
Originally there were four towers with wires stretched between them to transmit radio waves that were detected by a group of four smaller towers to the east of the surviving ones. The receiver towers were demolished after the war, along with one of the transmitter towers. Subsequently the north mast was demolished and replaced with a similar tower with a different bracing design. During the Cold War the towers sprouted four transmitters at their base which were popularly assumed to be part of the US ACE High communication system but were more likely an RAF link to Germany. The south tower was dismantled in March 2010.
Channels available from this site
|90.0 MHz||11||BBC Radio 2|
|92.2 MHz||11||BBC Radio 3|
|94.4 MHz||11||BBC Radio 4|
|99.5 MHz||11||BBC Radio 1|
|104.2 MHz||10||BBC Kent|
There are currently no DAB signals from this site at present due to its proximity to mainland Europe. The county of Kent is therefore covered with smaller, low-powered relay stations instead to avoid interference.
- Dover transmitting station - broadcasts TV, DAB and commercial FM radio from a site west of the town
- Radio Listeners Guide 2010
- Swingate transmitting station at mb21
- National Geographic photo showing the original configuration of four transmitters and four receiver towers]
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