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Photos by Adrian Beale and James Muir Page last updated: 2016-04-25
Millport North Ayrshire
NGR: NS166557 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 20m
Digital TV: BBC A: 32 D3&4: 34 BBC B: 35
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio:
Comments: Millport is a relay of Black Hill (via West Kilbride). Pre B700 allocations: 49/58/54.

October 2010, updated April 2016

Adrian contributed the first photos of Millport with the comment: "Visited late in the afternoon so not good light. Receive is from West Kilbride which is now fed directly from Black Hill."

James: "I took advantage of a visit to Great Cumbrae island in the Firth of Clyde on 16 April 2016 to get some up-to date photos."

For a change we have horizontal polarisation, from the two stacked logs.

James clarifies the location: "The Tx is located at the entrance to the Lady Margaret Hospital, about half a mile from the centre of Millport."

This is a "Freeview-lite" Tx radiating a mere 2W erp on each of the three PSB muxes. There are no obvious post-DSO changes however the Arqiva cabin appears to have been refurbished and repainted in grey.

The Tx is used to provide coverage to the premises in the east and south-east areas of the town that are shielded from West Kilbride coverage by a low ridge. The remainder of the town uses West Kilbride or, in a handful of cases, Divis for terrestial reception purposes.

Transmissions are from the twin horizontal logs at the top of the tower - horizontal polarisation is used as a mitigant against interference from the co-channel vertically polarised PSB muxes at Rosneath.

The single vertical log is on West Kilbride for programme-receive.

The only other antennas on the tower are the two colinears used by Vodafone.

Refurbished Arqiva cabin (Editor's note: we understand the cabin was replaced in July 2010, so this time it's just a re-paint.)

View towards the primary service area clearly showing why the homes in the vicinity of the ridge can't get good reception of the West Kilbride Tx on the distant hill-top (NB just visible to the left of the giant wind turbine).

West Kilbride

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