Washford transmitting station

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Washford
Washford Cross - geograph.org.uk - 687209.jpg
Washford transmitting station masts
Washford transmitting station is located in Somerset
Washford
Washford
Mendip
Mendip
Location Washford, Somerset
Height of mast 152 metres (499 ft) (MW)
45.7 metres (150 ft) (UHF)
Grid reference ST058410
Built 1933
Relay of Mendip
BBC region BBC West
ITV region ITV West

Washford transmitting station is a medium wave broadcasting station and low-power digital terrestrial television relay near Washford, Somerset.

It was built in 1933[1] and uses as antenna a T-antenna between two 152 metres (499 ft) tall guyed masts separated by a distance of 159 metres. Originally the station used cage antennas around each mast. The station uses the frequencies 882 kHz with 100 kW, 1089 kHz with 50 kW and 1215 kHz with 50 kW.

A smaller 45.7 metres (150 ft) mast is used to relay digital terrestrial television services from the Mendip transmitting station. This mast carries the three public service multiplexes at an E.R.P. of 12.4 W.

The front portions of the old transmitter building,[2] are now part of the Tropiquaria wildlife park and house their tropical hall, aquarium, the Washford Radio Museum and the Shadowstring Puppet Theatre.

Services available[edit]

Analogue radio (AM medium wave)[edit]

Frequency kW Service
882 kHz 100 BBC Radio Wales
1089 kHz 50 Talksport
1215 kHz 50 Absolute Radio

Digital television[edit]

Digital television began transmitting from Washford during the digital switchover in 2010. As a low-power relay, it only carries the three public service multiplexes.

Frequency UHF kW Operator System
746.000 MHz 55 0.0124 BBC B DVB-T2
778.000 MHz 59 0.0124 BBC A DVB-T
705.833 MHz 50- 0.0124 Digital 3&4 DVB-T

Analogue television[edit]

Analogue television was transmitted from Washford until the digital switchover of the Mendip transmitter group between 24 March - 7 April 2010.

Frequency UHF kW Service
615.25 MHz 39 0.062 ITV1
695.25 MHz 49 0.062 BBC One
831.25 MHz 66 0.062 BBC Two
847.25 MHz 68 0.062 Channel 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Washford". Radio Rewind. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "1930s BBC radio station, Washford Cross, Williton". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°9′38″N 3°20′55″W / 51.16056°N 3.34861°W / 51.16056; -3.34861