Wright's Aerials

Albert Wright. July 2003

Not long after my first aerial-rigging experience I went to the village cobbler's shop to get my boots soled and heeled. The cobbler asked me if I knew anyone who owned a ladder. He'd bought a television set and with it came an aerial. I uttered the fateful words "Oh, I've done one of those television aerial things before. I'll get a ladder and fix it to the chimney if you make it worth my while." And I think that at that moment, Wright's Aerials was born.
The cobbler's aerial was another one that had to be pointed at Sutton Coldfield. Reception at such a distance was always unreliable, but when the BBC opened the Holme Moss station in 1952 television started to become a mass-market reality in Yorkshire. In those early days television reception was more of an art than a science, with no proper test equipment available. TV transmissions were in band I at around 50Mc/s, so the aerials were the single dipole, or the dipole with a reflector (the 'H' aerial). Later came the 'X' and the 'K'. None of these designs were very directional, and alignment was usually by simple methods such as the compass or even the 'guestimate'.

Bill writes:
Over the years there have been so many changes in our industry, but 50-odd years after my dad's visit to the cobbler we still climb on roofs to install aerials. The difference is, we do a lot of other things as well! Today we are a small but technically sophisticated company with the experience and knowledge to design, build, install, and service all types, sizes and complexities of broadcast reception and distribution systems.

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