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Rugby Radio Station

With a stream of telex and time signals Rugby keeps Britain connected during the analogue era.

Magazine and Review show 1963 10 mins

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Rugby was not a conventional radio station but a communications hub transmitting radio telephony, including the now obsolete telex service that later gave way to fax. The 800 ft high masts had been a landmark since the 1920s and, as reporter David Rees finds out, maintaining them is tough, particulalry during the coldest winter of the twentieth century. As one rigger says, "The wind doesn't have time to go round you, it goes straight through you."

Eighty years of broadcasting history came to an end when Rugby Radio Station was closed in 2007.