The Last Microwave Dish is Removed From the BT Tower in London

By Sam Gibbs on at

It's the end of an era for microwave communications. The BT Tower used to use 29 massive dishes, 152m up above the skys of London to transmit TV across the country. Now though, TV is transmitted via optical fibre -- the old microwave dishes have been surpassed.

Each dish weighed around 450kg, but have been neglected for years. The team of four engineers took over three-hours to remove each dish -- a careful operation indeed as you wouldn't want 450kg of dish hurtling ground-wards. The BT Tower won't look the same again, that's for sure, but progress is good and at least they'll be fewer cooked birds flying through the microwave beams. [The Telegraph]

Image credit: Mikael Buck