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Report - Former Radio Transmitter Building -Farnham - Jan 2011

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by TrevBish, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. TrevBish

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    Single storey former depot/operations builidng serving the former Radio Transmitter which is now redundant. The building is essentially
    of brick construction with a corrugated asbestos roof.

    Sorry there are'nt many pictures taken up the tower. The whole tower is made of wood and is coverd in moss and mould, I went to the first level and the wood ladder seemed to make noises and I bottled it! I plan a re-visit all the way to the top! No access to the building.

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    Re: Former Radio Transmitter Building -Farnham

    Wooden structures like this are "interesting" to climb as they do tend to "talk" to you, the problem is in interpreting the noises. Remember that timber has more give than steel. Fewer towers like this seem to be built like this now, presumably due to cost. Wood was chosen because it doesn't interfere with radio waves in the way that a steel structure can. Interestingly, some comms towers are built with steel but with a wooden top section where the antennae are mounted for this reason.
    From the antenna type it looks like it was used for military ATC comms - possibly linked to Farnborough when that was an RAF unit.
    Hooped ladders - definitely NOT my favourite access method without any additional fall arrest equipment, any impression of safety they give is completely superficial, an open ladder is probably safer as if you fall the only thing you will hit is the ground (not a lot of consolation, but at least you reach the ground in one piece).
    That said - the tower looks to be in reasonable condition and will provide a good view from the top.
     
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