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BBMS (Britain’s Better Music Station) - Technical


1Kw ex-USAF radio beacon (manufactured before the Second World War by RCA Victor), converted for broadcasting use

Aerial Height

BBMS replaced the Radio Essex scaffold pole aerial with  a ‘T' aerial - with lengths of copper wire slung between a pair scaffold poles

Right Top: The new BBMS aerial under construction

Right Bottom: the transmitter on Knock John Fort

David Sinclair in the BBMS studio

Right: The BBMS studio with David Sinclair on air

BBMS aerial under construction


2 x Garrard 401 turntables

1 x Collaro turntable (used for adverts and station IDs, jingles etc)

2 x Vortexian tape machines

1 x Vortexian mixer, with studio console and controls

1 x Reslo RBT ribbon microphone

Photo: Bob le Roi

Photo: Bob le Roi

QSL Card

Radio station engineering departments issue QSL cards to verify reception reports received from listeners

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