Tower blocks in London used in the 1980's

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Tower blocks in London used in the 1980's

Post by teckniqs » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:33 pm

Hi all, I found a good little website with a lot of pictures of old blocks from the early to late 1980s and I would like to see more of them that might have the aerials up on them.

....So it would be interesting if anyone remembers (and can tell me the names below) any tower blocks which were being used in the 1980s and particularly the late 80s so I can see if there is any aerials on them in the photos.
So far I've spotted two possible pirate aerials dated from around 1987/1988 which seems to be the date that most of the pictures were taken.

https://www.towerblock.eca.ed.ac.uk/

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Re: Tower blocks in London used in the 1980's

Post by teckniqs » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:56 pm

A nice old picture of Balfron tower from 1987 with what appear to most likely be pirate aerials on the top.

...As far as I'm aware Centreforce 88.3 used it from 1989 to 1990 but does anyone have any idea who was using balfron tower in 1987? :whistle

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Re: Tower blocks in London used in the 1980's

Post by Albert H » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:10 am

Balfron was a favourite of RFL in the early 80s.
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Post by Elopid » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:26 pm

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Post by Albert H » Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:27 pm

The "brother" of Balfron was, of course, Trellick Tower, in the Harrow Road. Trellick was the tallest domestic block in Europe when it was first built, and the top of the lift tower had a caged room that was designed as a radio "facilities site". Various aerials went up that block over the years, from Thameside Radio in the late 70s to Time Radio in the late 80s. Many others have used it too. My ⅝-wave groundplane cut for 90.4 MHz was up there for over 10 years!
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Re: Tower blocks in London used in the 1980's

Post by famefm » Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:48 pm

I lived in Reading in the 80s and big time radio especially in 1988 was crystal clear on 103.7 at the time and always had a land line number to call the studio at the time

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Post by Albert H » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:24 pm

I built some gear for Time back then. They used to run either 80 or 120 Watts into a ⅝-wave with groundplane, with the feeder going down the inside of the scaffold pole that supported the aerial. The rig was (usually) in one of the cupboards in the domestic block roof space. They linked on 202.7 MHz ((48 MHz crystal *4)+10.7MHz), from about a mile away - in those days, there was no DAB, so that part of Band III was clear!

That site used to really give great coverage.
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Re: Tower blocks in London used in the 1980's

Post by BobbyDub » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:57 pm

Found this one, Arnold Estate
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Re: Tower blocks in London used in the 1980's

Post by mixfm » Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:08 pm

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