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Photos by Jeremy Bailey, James Towill and David Neale Page last updated: 2020-09-29
Rosneath Argyll and Bute
NGR: NS258811 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 107m      Structure Height: 107m
Digital TV: BBC A: 39 D3&4: 42 BBC B: 45 SDN: 33 Arq A: 36 Arq B: 48
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 98.8 Radio 2: 89.2 Radio 3: 91.4 Radio 4: 103.8
  R. Scotland: 93.6 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Clyde 1: 103.3  Heart FM (Scotland): 101.1 
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B        Digital One: 12A        Glasgow: 11C       
Comments: Rosneath is a TV relay of Darvel (line fed). Pre B700 allocations: 49/58/54 and 53/57/60.

Originally an ITA landlord site, 405-line ITV on channel 13 entered service on the 13th December 1968. 405-line BBC 1 on channel 2 also started at about the same time. Both these services closed in July 1983.

BBC national FM radio was added in the mid 1970's. In June 1991, BBC FM radio was re-engineered for mixed polarisation and Radio's 1 & 4 were added. Radio Clyde (103.3 MHz) was added on the 12th August 1993, YOU Radio (106.9 MHz) from 20th November 2003, closed 23rd August 2018, Real Radio (now Heart FM, 101.1 MHz), from 24th November 2004.

UHF TV on 3 channels went into service on 13th August 1976 as a 10 kW ERP, vertically polarised relay, transmitting from a southeast facing cardioid. A north facing 50 W ERP, horizontal cardioid was added on the 25th April 1980. Channel 4 was added in March 1984. DSO 11th and 25th May 2011.

DAB service dates: BBC & Digital One, 1st October 2010; Glasgow, 29th June 2016.

Although a relay, this is one of Arqiva's major, high maintenence, stayed masts. In the late 1960's, Rosneath was listed as a future UHF main station, with horizontal polarisation. Site number 122, rather than a Darvel relay, site number 152.11.

Rosneath is a dual polarisation TV relay. The horizontal transmissions are at low power and are just designed to serve Rosneath town itself, 2 miles North of the station. The much higher power vertical transmissions serve several towns including Greenock to the south of the Clyde.

The pictures below were taken by David Neale

Feature: Rosneath - 405 line Band III information (ITV VHF service area)

This site is now included in the Update List for the following reason:
Detailed photos needed, inc. new DAB tx ant. Oct 2017: work to replace both S1 and S2 aerials for B700 clearance

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