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Brekkie31,686 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Getting really close now and despite the best efforts of the fire service and army it seems mother nature is dictating this one.




https://www.a516digital.com/2018/06/major-fire-puts-granada-region-tv-and.html?m=1

Would also affect radio services. More pics here:
http://radiotoday.co.uk/amp/2018/06/winter-hill-fire-could-disrupt-radio-services/
Last edited by Brekkie on 30 June 2018 9:24pm - 2 times in total
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dbl9,189 posts since 11 Jun 2004
London London
Getting really close now and despite the best efforts of the fire service and army it seems mother nature is dictating this one.





Would also affect radio services. More pics here:
http://radiotoday.co.uk/amp/2018/06/winter-hill-fire-could-disrupt-radio-services/


Stunning but terrifying photo. Obviously, Winter Hill has no sister transmitter (unlike Crystal Palace and Croydon in London) - really hope they can save it.

Will the mergers result in a rebrand?

Keeping on brand for TVF Wink
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BBI45828 posts since 2 Aug 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Presumably the fibre fed sites can also get the back up satellite distribution too?

Of course it carries a lot of radio as well, though (I didn't realise until I just looked at mb21) not the Manchester stations like BBC Manchester and Key 103


A bit off topic, I know, but Key 103 no longer exists under that name.

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2018/06/hits-radio-manchester-replaces-key-103/

EDIT: Also, how far do any temporary masts cover, because surely if Winter Hill goes down, it would take a load of relays down with it, and how would any temporary transmitter cover any relays?
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Inspector Sands13,692 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I’m guessing they’ve probably saturated the land to ensure the fire doesn’t move any further in that direction.

Doesn't sound like it. There's a lack of water up there so they're having to bring it all up in tanks. Doesn't sound like they'd have enough to saturate miles of land, even by helicopter
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 30 June 2018 9:52pm
London Lite10,476 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
So if you have Sky or Freesat, you should be ok as the uplink to the satellites isn't affected. I suppose Freeview viewers will become reliant on VOD services or the likes of TV Player.

Virgin is the one where we don't really know, I suspect they use terrestrial links.
Worzel4,690 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I supppse the other big risk other than the mast coming down is cutting the power to it if it gets too close. Don't want that coming down whilst power is still going up the thing.

Some video of the firefighting efforts over the last few days.



Kind of reminds me of the fire at the Peterborough/Morbourne mast in 2004. Obviously that only served local and national radio and the fire started up the mast but when it collapsed on bonfire night it knocked out radio for a good few days/weeks in the area.
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