Again due to lack of time, it has been a while since my last blog – so lets make this a Good(nestone) one!
Goodnestone Manor is currently being refurbished, and the TV system was in dire need of updating. With new cables run to 17 rooms within the property, the next thing was to link it all up to a head end set-up.
In the loft went a new 4G/LTE filtered antenna for the reception of the frequencies needed to run Freeview.
Once the antenna was in, next was to install the equipment to allow successful distribution to all of the 17 rooms. A 4G/LTE filtered head end launch amp took care of the initial signal levels, whilst stepped tap plates ensured that each room’s signal was with specification for trouble-free service.
It was a real pleasure working on this project, the place was amazing, and you had to stop to take it all in.
Coming toward the end of 2015, and I was asked to perform an installation for a local radio communications company – JCS Kent Ltd.
The Julie Rose Stadium now has control over the Conningbrook Lakes, and needed to have radio coverage over this area.
There was an existing TV aerial mast that needed swapping due to the existing one being bent. The new mast had a radio repeater mounted on the end, and the TV aerial was reinstalled and pointed to the Dover transmitter to ensure continued TV reception.
Today saw me carrying out works at Withersdane Hall, which is located on the old Wye College site in Wye, Kent. This is the first of 2 installs that I am carrying out for Withersdane Ltd.
After installing a new 4G/LTE filtered TV aerial on an existing chimney bracket and mast, and successfully finding a good signal that was being transmitted from Heathfield, it was time to install a new launch amplifier that would push enough signal to pass through a series of existing RG6 cabling and RF tap plates to then feed 16 rooms. If I find any existing equipment that is up to the job, why change it for new? It eliminates the cost for unnecessary replacement parts and the time to install them.
One of the rooms (no. 14) that is now fed with a decent DVB-T2 (Freeview HD) signal, was once occupied by Princess Anne. She would be quite impressed that it is now hooked up for the full Freeview channel line-up, including HD.
The site is no longer a College. It is now a private residential and outpatient treatment facility for alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, depression, gambling and other behavioral health disorders.
All of the rooms have been tested for clean signal quality and strength, and are now ready to have the TV’s installed for their future service users.