Friday, 11 December 2015

Spain

Some radio related photos from our holiday to Lloret De Mar last month:

Radio mast above the town - some FM broadcast on here

VHF antennas on building across from hotel. Are they for transmitting? They look like around 150MHz. 

Never heard one of these working but they have some UHF antenna on them

Lots of buildings have long distance Wi-Fi access

More Wi-Fi 

Fire station

Band 1 TV reception

Telemetry link from electricity substation
 

UHF folded dipole on some museum or information centre - could be to do with the remote controlled loudspeakers seen along the beach


There is an amateur repeater on 438.950 near the town of Blaines, a few km west of Lloret De Mar. Never heard any activity on it except it giving it's ID. Further away there are some Echolink gateways around 431MHz and I heard some APRS activity on 144.800.
The area has a lot of air traffic and also business radio users seem to be mostly between 152 and 154MHz.
One thing you think about when outside the UK is how much more effort they have to put into receiving TV broadcasts. Because there are lots of tall apartment and hotel buildings, along with land rising up sharply inland, it's hard to get a line of sight to any mast, even if it close by. Going along the motorway towards Barcelona I saw some blocks of flats which must have had a large TV antenna on 20 metre guyed mast on top of a 30 metre building, to get over the hill. The same goes for satellite reception, no little 45cm dishes, even when they are not trying to get UK channels. But we're a small island which can be covered with a narrow beam.
We're lucky with our little Sky dishes and cheap 10 elements. But I think a lot of people would have gone over to internet streaming or cable - when I was in Malta 2 years ago, it seemed to have gone that way with no RF receivers at all in houses.

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