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Kim

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #475 on: July 28, 2011, 01:14:50 pm »
It's certainly got a pretty unusual collection of GSM/3G antenna directions.  And some TETRA :)

I predicted that would happen.  (Image was the 1937 photo of the Alexandra Palace mast when I grumbled.)
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barakta

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #476 on: July 28, 2011, 02:22:14 pm »
It's certainly got a pretty unusual collection of GSM/3G antenna directions.  And some TETRA :)

I predicted that would happen.  (Image was the 1937 photo of the Alexandra Palace mast when I grumbled.)

That's why I said you should have screenshotted it!

Kim

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #477 on: July 28, 2011, 02:23:27 pm »
That would have been a bit nerdy.
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barakta

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #478 on: July 28, 2011, 02:32:24 pm »
That would have been a bit nerdy.

Cos knowing one kind of "aerial shaped thing" from "another aerial shaped thing" isn't nerdy?

And indeed knowing it's not just the wrong aerial but which wrong 1937 aerial it is?  :-*

clarion

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #479 on: July 28, 2011, 02:53:48 pm »
You want the iconic transmitter?  You can't handle the iconic transmitter!
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Kim

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #480 on: July 28, 2011, 03:02:09 pm »
Fear not, I bored barakta at length about Emley Moor and its history when we lived in the People's Republic.  The route over the A628 to The Wet Place is a mast-spotter's delight.  I should really do that by bike at some point, though I anticipate serious grimping.
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clarion

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #481 on: July 28, 2011, 03:04:34 pm »
It's amazing.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #482 on: July 28, 2011, 03:06:42 pm »
Iconic masts, eh? I had anticiapated something like the SS Great Britain! But I have to admit that Emley Moor, erm, towery thing is strangely attractive in an ugly, once-this-was-the-bright-future, see-how-we-have-dreamed, way.
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #483 on: July 28, 2011, 03:15:48 pm »
Fear not, I bored barakta at length about Emley Moor and its history when we lived in the People's Republic.  The route over the A628 to The Wet Place is a mast-spotter's delight.  I should really do that by bike at some point, though I anticipate serious grimping.
Many years ago, I worked with a bloke who had been a radio tech at Holme Moss and Emley moor.

He had interesting tales and photos. They have ex-ship's engines as backup generators - starting them involves compressed air and pixies. Switching the power from mains to backup generators involves knife switches activated by gunpowder charges.

Ice formed on the Holme Moss mast one year and fell off in chunks. They evacuated the station - when they went back, one chuck had come clean through the concrete roof and flattened cabinets - he had photos of the mess.
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Kim

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #484 on: July 28, 2011, 03:30:28 pm »
Iconic masts, eh? I had anticiapated something like the SS Great Britain! But I have to admit that Emley Moor, erm, towery thing is strangely attractive in an ugly, once-this-was-the-bright-future, see-how-we-have-dreamed, way.

I think it's quite impressive, given that it was built in a hurry using reasonably novel techniques after the original guyed steel mast collapsed without warning (due to ice and high winds) in 1969.

Still the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, apparently.
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #485 on: July 28, 2011, 03:37:03 pm »
You want the iconic transmitter?  You can't handle the iconic transmitter!

Now you've reminded me of the last stretch of the Spurn Head 400, which passed pretty close to Emley Moor.  It was bloody freezing and that Mr Crossland chappie had put a metric fuckton of hills in the last 60 km :(
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Guy

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #486 on: July 28, 2011, 03:46:40 pm »
I've only seen Emley Moor mast from a distance (best view from Brierley Gap, on the B 6273 above Grimethorpe) but I have been to the top of the Sandy Heath Transmitter.  You donarf get marvellous views from 800 feet up! :thumbsup:
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #487 on: July 28, 2011, 05:03:22 pm »
You want the iconic transmitter?  You can't handle the iconic transmitter!

Now you've reminded me of the last stretch of the Spurn Head 400, which passed pretty close to Emley Moor.  It was bloody freezing and that Mr Crossland chappie had put a metric fuckton of hills in the last 60 km :(
Yebbut Yorkshire's flat. Everyone knows that ;) (ask anyone who rode my old York 600 all those years ago  :demon:)

clarion

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #488 on: July 28, 2011, 05:04:33 pm »
Pan flat.  Especially Rosedale Chimney, Sutton Bank and Park Rash. ;)
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border-rider

Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #489 on: July 28, 2011, 06:17:30 pm »
Ice formed on the Holme Moss mast one year and fell off in chunks. They evacuated the station - when they went back, one chuck had come clean through the concrete roof and flattened cabinets - he had photos of the mess.

Emley Moor Mk 2 went over when it iced up in about 1969. That's why there's a concrete tower there now

I'm told they had to dig the UHF array out of the next field with a bulldozer.

http://tx.mb21.co.uk/emley/eyewitness/index.shtml

Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #490 on: July 28, 2011, 06:32:49 pm »
Oh, thanks very much for posting links to geograph. Never seen it before.  There's the rest of my life wasted....
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #491 on: July 28, 2011, 06:39:06 pm »
Ice formed on the Holme Moss mast one year and fell off in chunks. They evacuated the station - when they went back, one chuck had come clean through the concrete roof and flattened cabinets - he had photos of the mess.

Emley Moor Mk 2 went over when it iced up in about 1969. That's why there's a concrete tower there now

I'm told they had to dig the UHF array out of the next field with a bulldozer.

http://tx.mb21.co.uk/emley/eyewitness/index.shtml

I remember that. My televisual habits were severely curtailed for some time.
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #492 on: July 28, 2011, 06:43:21 pm »
Iconic masts, eh? I had anticiapated something like the SS Great Britain! But I have to admit that Emley Moor, erm, towery thing is strangely attractive in an ugly, once-this-was-the-bright-future, see-how-we-have-dreamed, way.

I think it's quite impressive, given that it was built in a hurry using reasonably novel techniques after the original guyed steel mast collapsed without warning (due to ice and high winds) in 1969.

Still the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, apparently.
I would have guessed it was a bit older than that. What's the definition of "free-standing"? I can't believe something that tall doesn't have foundations! And yes it is impressive, in an ugly kind of way. The kind of thing I'd enjoy gazing at on a bike ride or indeed any journey, but probably would prefer not to have in my view every day - not that I'd actually object to it. I also rather like those tall red-and-white painted steel pylon-type towers, especially against a background of pale blue sky, sunny sky.
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #493 on: July 28, 2011, 06:48:45 pm »
Oh, thanks very much for posting links to geograph. Never seen it before.  There's the rest of my life wasted....

Oh oh! they haven't got a picture of my house!
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #494 on: July 28, 2011, 07:09:51 pm »
You know when you drive past something like that and it looks like it's keeping up with the car? When we used to go to Skelmanthorpe to see my great great aunt and uncle, my grandad used to tell us that Emley Moor mast was on a trolley and men were running with it and pushing it to make it keep up. Eventually we got smart(er) and asked how they managed that for every car that went past. I don't remember what the answer was.
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Andrij

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #495 on: July 29, 2011, 03:16:58 pm »
The frame builder has the work order for your bike and it's on his list of things to do.

It's taken four weeks to get to this point?  :o

I thought the estimate of six weeks was a bit optimistic, but I'm getting the feeling it may be more like twelve.  :'(
 
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« Reply #496 on: July 29, 2011, 04:54:26 pm »
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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #497 on: July 30, 2011, 04:41:45 pm »
Dear BBC, I don't recall any "Prince William marries in England" headlines so why "Zara Phillips marries in Scotland"? Do you think the rest of the UK is as London-centric as you are and therefore unable to realise that Edinburgh is in Scotland? Twonks.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #498 on: July 30, 2011, 04:51:16 pm »
Still the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, apparently.
I would have guessed it was a bit older than that. What's the definition of "free-standing"? I can't believe something that tall doesn't have foundations! And yes it is impressive, in an ugly kind of way. The kind of thing I'd enjoy gazing at on a bike ride or indeed any journey, but probably would prefer not to have in my view every day - not that I'd actually object to it. I also rather like those tall red-and-white painted steel pylon-type towers, especially against a background of pale blue sky, sunny sky.

free-standing = no guy wires
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #499 on: August 01, 2011, 02:42:24 pm »
Me.  Next time you order a latte in Aberystwyth, ask them for one that actually tastes of coffee. :-(
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