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Photos by Bobby Forrest, and Bill Wright Page last updated: 2015-05-22
Duncraig Highland
NGR: NG827324 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 326m      Structure Height: 24.5m
Digital TV: BBC A: 44 D3&4: 41 BBC B: 47
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Comments: Duncraig is a relay of Skriaig

Bill Wright writes: Iíve seen this one from a distance many times, because we used to visit Plockton on every Scottish trip, so I felt like having a look.
The approach is a forest track and we found a large notice at the start saying that the footpath access was suspended and that we must keep out on pain of prosecution, the reason being that large scale forestry work was taking place. However we got there at 5pm on Friday, and there was no-one about, so we carried on.

I was interested in the various UHF aerials fixed around the lower parts of the structure. They point in all directions. If they are actually receiving aerials for UHF TV it suggests that there have been problems.

An 18 element Group A VP yagi of great antiquity looks towards Skriaig (Image 4). Clearly the ignorant domestic installerís long-held belief that support arms should not be between directors in the same plane is misguided. This aerial also has a stub between the midpoint of one half (only) of the dipole and the boom.

There is a more recent stack of five short yagis, also Group A, looking the same way. Have there been problems with tidal fading?

Then thereís a long HP Group A yagi looking towards Eitshal (I think). But what of the others? An HP yagi looking towards Skriaig? Why? HP yagis looking towards Torosay and Rosneath? It seems very improbable that reception from there would be possible.

Bobby Forrest visited the site in 2005, and took this shot, the remaining pictures below were all taken by Bill Wright in April 2015

SW face of mast

Looking south

Looking north west

Probably non broadcast, 440 to 465 MHz by the look of them. Perhaps vertically stacked to combat tidal fading?

Main UHF Tx array of logs, plus (probably) non broadcast aerial, looking at NW face

Looking North West, quite possibly Eitshal

Extra Tx array looking north east, to provide the feed for the Attadale relay


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