The work is similar, in that I’m installing fibre optic cables, but the sites I’m working at are very different, being radio and TV transmitter sites.
Being a fan of all things RF I am in my element working at these sites. And these aren’t little piddly transmitters like wot I use at home: these are massive. It’s Big Boy’s RF and I’m loving being around it all: “Phwoar! Look at the size of that dummy load!” I spent most of my first day on site, constantly nursing a semi.
I took the two pictures shown above, with the camera on my phone, so they’re not particularly good, but they do give you an idea of where I’m working. At first glance they look quite similar: the first is at Hemel Hempstead and is nearly 100 metres high, but the second one is the Sandy Heath transmitter which is over twice as tall at 244 metres.
Many years ago, whilst working at the site, I was lucky enough to climb the Sandy tower – not to the top, only about halfway – in order to install a small microwave dish. I remember the climb – hand over hand up a metal ladder – being quite tiring. I had to stop a couple of times to get my breath. Nowadays, it’d be more like every 50 feet!
I’ve never had much of a problem with heights, but I have found myself getting slightly more vertiginous as I get older. As such, this video that I watched the other day, caused my balls to shrink massively as the chap reached “… the tricky part…” at the top. It’s only seven minutes long, so watch it all the way through and marvel at what some people do, just so that we can watch Eastenders on the telly.