Not going up in the world

I had a meeting today, up at Emley Moor mast, which – as you can see in the photo – is a bloody great big tower (tallest structure in the UK) that transmits TV and radio signals to large swathes of Yorkshire. Annoyingly, the tower is currently closed for maintenance, so I couldn’t go up it. But I will… one day. I’m determined that I will.

I stayed in a hotel in Barnsley with a small group from work and we were wined and dined, by the company we’d gone up to visit, courtesy of their expense account. It was a great evening.

And then, after our meeting this morning, we were given a tour of the place and I found myself feeling very ‘at home’ in their operations centre, where all the TV and radio signals are monitored.  Ahh, happy days.

Talking of TV signals, this advert managed to worm it’s way past my ad-blocker:



Intrigued, I clicked on it and was taken to this web page, where it claims that a small antenna that it supplies, will pick up your cable TV signals for free.

Utter bollocks!

Just about every technical fact it quotes, is rubbish and the comments at the bottom are all manufactured.  And all wrong.
Julie from London has one and now no longer needs to pay $65 a month to Comcast.

Please, if you see this, steer well clear, it is quite obviously a scam.


  1. Rajesh

    The tour was wonderful and thanks for the lift.

    • Masher

      No problem, my friend.

  2. Dave

    There are two things I think would help with their advertising. Firstly, they need to find people living in the UK who aren’t paying their cable fees in dollars, and secondly, that might help them find reviews from people who don’t have American names. I suspect there are very few Wilmas and Brents in the UK.

    I’ve seen tht mast on many an occasion.

    • Masher

      I’m sure you have, what with you being a proud Yorkshireman.
      I think.

      Comcast is also an American name.

      • Dave

        I am indeed a proud Yorkshireman!

  3. Alan

    I bought one and it worked. I plugged it into the old scrap tv and received all the cable channels I wanted on my new telly.
    Oh for a HF beam on top of that tower.
    Bet you thought you had gone to heaven.

    • Masher

      A HF beam just 20ft off the ground would get out well at that asl, Alan!

  4. Jules

    Have you got long hair that you can throw out of that tower, Masher? No. So you can’t go up there.
    I’ve experienced Comcast in America and never thought I’d dislike a company as much as Virgin Media, but there we are. Rubbish.

    • Masher

      No, my tresses aren’t quite long enough, Jules.
      However, I’m a dab hand with ropes… so, one day.

      Comcast are a bunch of shysters.
      I’m told.

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