The BBC1 & BBC2 analogue TV transmitters from Crystal Palace are about to be scrapped, starting on the March 9th, but we have a possible opportunity to save one if we think it is of interest. Time is very limited and if the project is to succeed I must have the paperwork in place by the end of this week.
To cut a long story short, I have been negotiating with Arqiva about the possibility of saving one of the two complete units comprising BBC1 for future display at Electrokinetica. Each is a 40kW last-generation Harris TX, complete and in excellent condition technically and visually. My plan was to recover it intact along with some peripherals and display them as a part-reconstruction of the transmitter hall. Arqiva have been very helpful and provisionally agreed to donate the material, so if it were a simple matter of rolling the cabinets out to the loading bay I expect we would be all set to crane them on to our lorry a few days from now.
We normally undertake all recovery projects ourselves and have equipment and resources within our team to handle items like the TX (and larger), and the knowhow and experience to do so in compliance with applicable regulations. However, due to the specifics of the site and Arqiva's existing policy, we will need to engage one of Arqiva's approved contractors for part of the work, which significantly increases the project cost, and due to the short lead time I cannot cover that entirely myself.
If you are seriously interested in contributing to saving about the only surviving full-size last-generation analogue TV transmitter, that for over a decade brought BBC1 to a large chunk of the population, and was in effect the final descendant of the first public analogue TV transmitter in the UK, please get in touch immediately by PM, email or phone. I can give you more info about the costings etc that I can't publish in the open forum. I will also post some pics later - in the meantime 'Cream-painted metal cabinets with a rather large vacuum tube inside' is a fairly accurate description!
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