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It's obvious what was on the trade's collective mind in 1958 - Band III reception was more tricky than Band I, and there was obviously much to learn. The higher frequencies of Band III are more affected by screening and reflect more readily from buildings, and in the early years people were surprised at the resultantly uneven coverage. Of course, we had all this to go through again when UHF transmissions started in the 1960s.

A great truth is given on the first page: ". . .an amplifier cannot amplify nothing. . . always try to improve the aerial system first." This is a lesson that many in our trade still need to learn.

The article goes on to give a lot of good practical information about Band III aerial rigging techniques. The writer was obviously an experienced installer. The most striking thing is the fact that little or no test gear was available, so the use of a temporary telephone is suggested for communication between the man on the roof and the man in front of the TV set. Readers are also advised to try the aerial in every conceivable location, but what a bind it must have been without a spectrum analyser or even a simple meter!

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