Jan 18 2014

New Job

20140113-003020140117-0039I started work on a new contract this week. Like the old one, it will involve a fair amount of travelling about… but,  I’m kinda used to that now.

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.



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  1. Toffeeapple

    Crikey, in with the heavy mob now! It looks as if you will be enjoying this part of your career, good luck.

    Not sure I can watch the video, I have a problem with height/space. Maybe I’ll come back later, if I can find the courage.

  2. Brennig

    I shall watch the vid shortly, but that’s an interesting thing – scaling those flipping towers. Have you ever been up the Mendip one? That’s one of my favourite views.

  3. Brennig

    Here’s another high view for you http://youtu.be/q8zQUJUbxQs

  4. Masher

    TA – It’s only a three-month contract, but yes, I’ll enjoy it while I can.

    Bren – No, I’ve only been up a couple, with Sandy being the highest.
    Base jumping? Y’know, when I was younger, I reckon I might have given that a go, but certainly not nowadays. Another sign of old age creeping up on me. A sedentary lifestyle definitely gets more appealing as one gets older!

  5. Toffeeapple

    Well, I got as far as 2.42 in, then felt as if I was going to fall so had to leave it. I’m impressed though.

  6. Juliette

    Slightly more vertiginous….LOL.

    Well, congrats on reaching ‘New Heights’ Masher :) Happy New Year and all that malarkey and don’t go falling for anyone.

  7. Masher

    I didn’t write that just so you can have some pun fun, y’know!

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