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Photos by TCPD Page last updated: 2013-12-27
Melvaig Highland
NGR: NG757900 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 274m      Structure Height: 48m
Digital TV:
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 98.7 Radio 2: 89.1 Radio 3: 91.3 Radio 4: 95.7
  R. Scotland (Highland): 93.5  Radio Nan Gaidheal: 103.9 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B       
Comments: Melvaig is the last repeater in the six hop cross-Scotland TV SHF feed from Rosemarkie to Eitshal and Skriaig

Mixed polarisation FM services from Melvaig started in 1988 from a new tower. Conversion to stereo from 1st December 1988 and Radio's 1 & 4 were added on 11th May 1992.

The old mast with Band I TV and HP FM antennas was then removed.

TCPD's pictures were taken during the change-over period.

On the old mast we see four tiers of pairs of vertical dipoles for 405 line TV, mounted on a steel cylinder. Below are four tiers of single horizontally polarised Band II dipoles.

On the new tower we see the (then) new Siras, six tiers of four panels. AGL at 34.6 m.

Martin Briscoe adds an interesting snippet of tx-related history:

When Melvaig was built in the 1960s (it actually entered service on 26th April 1965) Gairloch and Melvaig was very remote with a limited number of houses available. So the BBC built a pair of houses in Gairloch for the two members of staff. Eventually one became the Gairloch team base and the other was sold. Both are now privately owned.

VHF/FM BBC National coverage area map

BBC Research Report on Melvaig

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