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ULLAPOOL

Photos by Bill Wright Page last updated: 2014-01-11

Originally a 17m wooden pole structure when Ullapool entered service with 3 UHF TV channels in April 1980. Channel 4 was added in June 1987. The wooden pole was replaced by the current tower, prior to the addition of BBC FM radio, which went into service on 2nd February 1994. Loch Broom FM launched on 1st May 1997.

DSO was on the 7th and 21st July 2010.


It was not a good day for photography, with low cloud and Scotch mist.


The approach to this site is very easy. Leave the main road just to the south of the village and follow the sign to The Braes. A steep narrow road climbs up through a hotch-potch of rather nice houses and eventually ends at the transmitter site. On a clear day I expect there would be a good view over the village, but I didn't get a chance to find out.






The receive aerials look towards Eitshal, and I think that the UHF signals are probably less than optimal. Later we camped at Broomfield near the pier, with clear line-of-sight to the transmitter. Reception from the Ullapool station was grainy (varying between the channels) and one channel had quite severe patterning. This was in the middle of the service area and only 3km from the mast, so I suspect that the transmitted quality is not good. I noticed that some of the locals were using masthead amplifiers very close to the transmitter. Maybe this was a futile attempt to clean up reception.

[Editor's Note] Bill visited the site some years before DSO, so of course his reception comments apply to the now defunct analogue TV transmissions.


More recently Bill revisited the town, since his last visit a local radio station Lochbroom FM had opened. This picture shows the Band I STL link yagi, at the Lochbroom studios.

A return visit to the Tx site is required, to identify the corresponding Rx aerial for that link, and Lochbroom's Tx arrangements.

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