Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 11/06/2015

Photo taken on October 30, 2015


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"I WILL get a good TV signal!" or . . .

"I WILL get a good TV signal!"  or  . . .
Satellite dish wars "My dish is bigger than the Jones's "

It is, of course, the well known Lovell Telescope (Mark I) from 1957 in the Cheshire countryside. Us locals just call it Jodrell Bank! When built it was the largest moveable radio telescope in the world (it is now number 3.) There are other radio telescopes on site and it is possible to see the elliptical Mark II in this shot, very much smaller than the Mk I. The telescope has been "enlarged" by electronically linking it to seven dishes around England and Wales to gather information from a larger "dish." Although there was a threat to close it recently, that was overcome and Jodrell Bank is still very much in active use.
After it was built there was a block, for about 20 years, on constructing any houses in the neighbouring villages in the belief that there might be interference with radio waves being received. This is talking about family homes not high rise flats. When you see how this dish towers above the tree line, which in turn would tower above any houses, you do have to wonder.