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Buxton Derbyshire
NGR: SK060753 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 411.5m Structure Height: 45m
Digital TV: BBC A: 27 D3&4: 24 BBC B: 21
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 99.6 Radio 2: 90.0 Radio 3: 92.2 Radio 4: 94.4
  Radio Derby: 96.0 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: High Peak Radio: 106.4 
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B       
Comments: Buxton is a TV relay of Winter Hill. (It relayed Sutton Coldfield from 1973 - 1980)

At 475m this is Winter Hill's highest relay, though at ground level I could not see over the high hills between them. I assume even the RX aerials near the top of the structure cannot 'see' the main station either over the hills, hence the rather elaborate arrangement of two bays of angled yagis.

Network BBC radio from Sutton Coldfield. I seem to remember reading BBC Radio Derby is received from Stanton Moor, and the two 4 element horizontally polarized yagis pointing that direction indicate this to be almost certainly the case. ILR station High Peak Radio is also transmitted.

Network radio is received by the top two familiar looking yagis (is there a trade name for these? The ones that look like they have a baked bean can on their ends.) It is re-transmitted from two 'spearhead' type aerials, giving a roughly 180 degree directional pattern corresponding with the surrounding terrain of the steep Pennine hills to the west of the mast. I assume these TX aerials also TX Radio Derby? I may be wrong though. I couldn't identify the aerial for the ILR station.

It was very windy, and the RX VHF yagis were blowing around quite a bit. Considering this is on a reasonable day in May, this site must get some incredibly strong winds during winter (this is Buxton after all), and I wonder if this has any effect on the quality of the re-transmitted signal from this site?

Finally, what we have here is the rx aerial for the High Peak radio service which picks up a signal from the tiny relay at Buxworth.

RS: Just a couple of shots of Buxton taken from the public road. Not brilliant as it was a long lens job but it shows the DAB antennas well enough!

Buxworth | Chapel-en-le-Frith | Glossop | Hope Valley

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