programs from Gore Hill were radiated to air on Channel 2 which
covered the Sydney Metropolitan area. The transmitter was operated
and maintained by the Postmaster General's Department (PMG) and
it was integral to Gore Hill in the Fifties.
Some photos are
included of the transmitter and of some PMG colleagues of that time.
transmission of ABC programs commenced from a small transmitter
tower commonly known as little toot. It was untimately replaced
by a larger tower which not only included the TV antennas but also
an FM antenna which was used for test transmissions experimenting
with early frequency modulation techniques. Program for these transmissions
came from a studio in West Street, North Sydney. A photo of one
of the FM
antenna panels is included.
The lead up to selecting
a suitable site for the transmitters is covered in Doug Grant's
Leaving Here - 50 Years of ABC Technical Services"
for a description of the National
Television Service - ABN Transmitter written in November 1956.
Note how text editing was done on typewriters. When the article
was approved it would be re-typed to improve its presentation. Bryan
Madeley remembers some of the technical problems in getting
on air for 5th November 1956.
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