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THE REFURBISHMENT OF LIMOGES Part 1
Photographs By Martin Watkins

PART 2 (Band III Aerials) >>             PART 3 (UHF Aerials) >>

OUT WITH THE THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW

Martin visited the main TDF 'Les Cars' site at Limoges in 2003 during the rebuilding of the station.  A new mast was built and when completed the old one was dismantled.  Martin obtained some excellent shots around the site of the new mast rising alongside the old and of the various decommissioned aerial systems. 


The Old Mast In 1986



The top of the old mast showing the UHF and Band III sections when they were still relatively new



The new mast has now been constructed, and stands to the right of the old one in this shot

The 4 vertical dipoles in the above picture, which can be just made out on the old mast, situated below the Band II arrays, were used for the Eurosignal network; this is a paging system which can be heard by tuning an FM radio to about 87.4 MHz anywhere near France.








January 2003 - The above two photographs show all the aerials are now in situ on the new mast





June 2003, the new mast is now in service

The Band II aerials can be clearly seen on both masts in this close-up.  On the old mast (left) it can be seen that they were horizontally polarised.  The new aerials were installed on the new mast in September 2002 and it will be seen that these are vertically polarised.  The reflector screens are also clearly evident.  These photographs clearly demonstrating the decision to go from horizontal to vertical polarisation “over-night”.










The old mast is starting to be dismantled



Not much left of the old gal now!



The old mast is almost gone

THE BAND II (VHF/FM) RADIO AERIAL SYSTEM

Here are the photographs of the aerial systems that had been removed from the old mast.  Below are some of the Band II aerials.  The Band III and UHF aerials can be found on the next pages.





"How Are The Mighty Fallen" – although most of the aerials have been damaged, these photos show a pair of feeders still intact, running from their mast termination points up to the dipoles








The separate regional Band II aerials; of moderner design, they seem to be also somewhat less robust than those from the original main arrays




This picture gives a whole new meaning to the concept of antennae stacking! The Germans (from the company Thales) were very tidy




One of the connector termination points where feeder cable is converted to feeder rods running to the dipoles



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