Droitwich antenna and building
By Tony Smith
These photographs of Droitwich were taken in November 1978 when we were
installing new electrical cables and red warning lamps onto one of the
The Droitwich Antenna. This is the hottest thing around for miles and even
wound down to a candle's output could still give you a nasty burn anywhere
on the mast. In fact Droitwich was a wake up call for me because before
joining the BBC I had been an overhead power Linesman. I had ended up
working in a `Live Line `Hot stick team and had been through several weeks
of training with some very expensive tools to prevent any of us getting
anywhere near the 11kv that we worked on. The second job that I had after
joining T.C.P.D. was at Droitwich where some of the lads were installing
some new open wire feeders across to the temporary mast. It was sheer hell
with regular zaps from all over the place and from the most unexpected
places. The same happened during the cable installations up the mast with
the RF trying to puncture the PVC outers Etc.
How the Station used to look back then.
Anyone who ever worked at BBC Warwick HQ will recognise this `Head' pushing
himself back up out of another hole he had got himself into. (Nigel Turner)
The view out over Wychbold and the motorway.
(Click pictures to enlarge
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