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The Alexandra Palace TV Station

Britain Inaugurates Television for Public Use - Radio News, January 1937
Complete "Black Book", Technical Description of the EMI - Marconi Television System

 

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When the BBC began telecasting in 1936, Alexandra Palace, on a hill in London, was chosen as the site for the transmitter and studios. This was the only TV station in England until a second station was started in Birmingham in 1950. Here are program schedules from the early days of Alexandria Palace and a British Pathe film segment.

When England declared war on Germany in 1939, the transmitter was converted to send out signals to confuse German navigation signals for their bombers. Here is a video from the Alexandra Palace Television Society explaining the history and technology (5 parts), and an article in 405 Alive describing the use of the system.

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An Emitron camera

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The film transfer camera

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Here is an early program

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Baird control panel

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EMI studio control panel

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EMI Visual transmitter

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EMI Visual modulator

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EMI Transmitter control room

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Aural Transmitter (used by both the EMI and Baird Systems)

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The station's predicted coverage area. TV reception was reported at greater distances than the 40 or so miles shown above.