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Transmitters

2 x Collins 207B-1  35kW shortwave transmitters

1 x RCA BTA-150A 150kW medium wave transmitter


Aerials

For the first year of transmissions a 150,000 cubic foot helium ballon aerial, flying at an altitude of 900’ above Courier was used.

However, after this broke away from its moorings on a number of occasions an inverted delta aerial system was installed between the ship’s two masts.

‘Trylon’ aerials situated on the foredeck of the ship were used for the shortwave transmissions

Studio

The Courier had a small studio and control centre for use if programme announcements or originations were needed.  Otherwise pre-recorded programmes were played.

Programme material was sent to the ship via a VHF (FM) link from a receiving site south of Rhodes City.

Programme control room on Courier

Above: the programme control centre on board Courier. The unit on the right was used  to playback the pre-recorded programme material.

Courier with balloon aerial Transmitters on Courier One of the helium balloons used for the early aerials Shortwave aerial on Courier

Above: the transmitters on board Courier

Top right: Courier flying the original balloon aerial

Centre right: one of the helium balloons being prepared for launch

Bottom right: one of the ‘Trylon’ shortwave aerials on the foredeck of Courier

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