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Mike Burridge sent me over to Martelange with a Ricoh SLR camera to take some pictures of the refurbishment of the 300 metre self-supporting tower at the Band II FM / Band IV TV transmitting station.
While driving the Land Rover along the country roads I forgot I was in Belgium and began driving on the left, which freaked out a motorist coming the other way . . .
Martelange people appear to be fascinated by pork. In the shops we found lumps of meat hanging, eagerly attended by flies.
Ascending the tower by bosun's chair is not something I recommend to the fainthearted. When I got to the top I had to step from the swaying chair across a yawning gap onto the perforated steel platform. It took the riggers a while to persuade me. Once on the platform I discovered the top of the tower was moving quite a bit in the wind up there, and spent the next ten minutes on my hands and knees clinging on.
Finally I found that by looking only through the lens of the camera I could detach myself from my surroundings and I went on to take the pictures you see here.
Thessaloniki & miscellaneous pics:
Mainly technical - details of the antenna reflector/director networks. Just 8 photos here. October 1983
Goldhawk Road :
A selection of photos of Incomtel staff at the office, plus the Christmas party of 1983.
Pictures of the mobile 20KW AM transmitters can also be found here. I believe they went out to Chad.
Riverboat Cruise VIDEO :
Edited video of the Incomtel riverboat cruise up the Thames in 1983. Mike Burridge, Ralf Beck, Martin Newton, Vic Reardon of Harris, and many Incomtel staff and clients appear in this video I shot with a semi-professional camera.