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Old 21st Sep 2019, 4:08 pm   #1
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Default Can anyone help identify this TV aerial's era?

Hello,

I'm researching a film which includes shots of aerials and I'd like to find out exactly when (ideally which year) this type of high gain aerial with large reflector (seen to the left in the attached pic) was first installed in the UK.

I don't remember seeing them before the early 2000s Freeview era, but would like the specific date.

It'd be greatly appreciated if anyone here could assist me.

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Old 21st Sep 2019, 4:38 pm   #2
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Not exactly the same but see the advert of page 377 May 1964.
https://americanradiohistory.com/Arc...on-1964-05.pdf

Page 322 in April 1979 has something similar https://americanradiohistory.com/Arc...ng-1979-04.pdf

You could just work back from April 1979 to find when it first appears.https://americanradiohistory.com/Pra...n_Magazine.htm
Or forward if it's not close enough in appearance.


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Old 21st Sep 2019, 7:06 pm   #3
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Can't give you a date, but we had one in the early to mid nineties (large reflector and a two piece spar holding the directors). Used it on a pole with our caravan, stored under the bed.
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I've posted a link to the thread where Bill Wright will see it, if anyone can give you chapter & verse, it's Bill.
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They have certainly become much more common during the last decade as riggers installed wideband 'digital aerials'.
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Old 22nd Sep 2019, 12:56 pm   #6
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Wasn't that the Wolsley Colour King
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Very dark pic, but it could be a Fuba XC series. I had a big one in the mid 70’s. The reflector is large and the directors are sort of a flattened X shape.
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The version with the two "winged" reflectors - I first came across them a couple of decades back when "digital TV" [OnDigital/ITV-Digital) started to appear.. Often made by the Spanish company "Televes" and with garish yellow plastic supports for the 'wings'.
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Brighter photo. The directors are loops.
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Old 22nd Sep 2019, 2:46 pm   #10
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Thank you to everyone for the helpful responses so far.

I suppose it’s similar to this and probably a Wolsey/Triax.

Would such an aerial design (especially with the short length) have existed and been used in the early 1990s?
If not, does anyone know exactly when they first started being installed in the UK?
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