Riding the Mast
The Caradon Mast is 750ft tall, plus the secondary reserve aerial that was installed in 2007, bringing it to a total height of 780ft (238m). The mast was originally built and came in to service in 1961, and Caradon Hill was chosen as the best location to serve Cornwall and the west of Devon for TV transmissions. The problem with such tall structures is, naturally, the need to go up them from time to time, to service and maintain not only the structure itself, but equipment that it holds for signal transmissions. This of course ignores how the mast got there in the first place, which is a whole other story. As to how engineers get up the mast now, see below (or above below!)...
For more technical
information about the Caradon Mast, see the Caradon Hill page on
For more information about the Caradon Hill, see the Caradon Hill page
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