Transmissions Start in South Wales
BBC's map showing estimated field strength contours of the Wenvoe
station. It is based on the results of site tests, and gives
estimated field strengths, which may, of course, vary considerably in
practice owing to local conditions. Divide the marked figures by
three to obtain an approximation of field strength which may be expected
while the medium-power transmitter is in use.
test transmissions: Early July 1952
Medium power transmissions: 15 August 1952
Full high-power transmissions: Before the end of 1952
now, viewers had been forced to receive very weak signals from the Sutton
from "Wireless and Electrical Trader", 21 June 1952
400 Welsh and West television dealers attended the Wenvoe area television
conference organized by the British Radio Equipment Manufacturers'
Association (BREMA) held at the Victoria Rooms, Bristol on 12th June
1952. Presiding over the conference was G. W. Godfrey, chairman of
the BREMA Television Promotion Committee. Representing the BBC were
G.C. Beadle, Controller, West Region and A.B. Oldfield-Davies, Controller,
Wales. A number of other representatives from BREMA, the BBC the GPO
and the RTRA were also present.
were made for the scheduled dates of transmission, allowing Wenvoe to be
the main station for South Wales and the West, but not Devonshire or
Hampshire. Mr. Beadle also stated that whilst 95% of the initial
programme transmission would be the "national hook-up", independent
local enterprise would increase over a period. He hoped that one day
there would be an additional TV station not far from Bristol catering
exclusively for West Country people. Mr. Oldfield-Davies followed by
saying that there would be occasional feature in the Welsh language - a
film of the Eisteddfod at Aberystwyth was one event.
Henderson spoke as a retailer, delivering advice to shop-keepers on
presenting and selling TV in their shops. Particular emphasis was
placed on product range and arrangement, training of salespeople,
the importance of aerial installation,
service contracts, delivery and set-up. The shortage of well trained
service engineers in TV repair was acknowledged by all - and local
technical courses were in short supply. It was later discussed that
a ratio of 1 TV engineer to every 50 sets sold was a fair estimate.
G Watson (BREMA) stated that even the opening power of 5kW was as large as
any TV station in America and should result in much improved picture
quality. Commenting on the Welsh valleys, he said that they ran
roughly fanwise away from the transmitter, and the signals should travel
up them. He nevertheless warned dealers to be wary of interference
from reflections and noted the need to redirect existing aerials from
Sutton Coldfield to Wenvoe.
Mr. Glover (BREMA) talked on the need to cope with the retail finance of
televisions. Selling televisions required two to three times the
capital needed for a radio business and the seasonal swings even more
marked than radio. For every radio sold in summer, 14 might be sold
in winter. Manufacturers would help at the start but all retailers
had to look very carefully at their finances.