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BURGHEAD

Photos by Martin Briscoe Page last updated: 2015-12-21

Burghead in the early 1970s when they still had real transmitters

A few details of the original Burghead building from Pevsner: Art Deco buildings by Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie 1934 - 1936 with M T Tudsbury, BBC engineer. Demolished 1984. The style was similar to those at Washford (see link below) and the other 1930s "Regional" stations

Burghead entered service on the 12th October 1936 with the Scottish Regional programme on 767 kHz. At the start of WW2 this became the Home Service. At the end of the war this became the Scottish Home Service from 29th July 1945, and a transmitter on 1149 kHz was brought into use for the new Light Programme.

With the Copenhagen plan re-organisation on 15th March 1950, the Scottish Home Service changed to 809 kHz, and the Light Programme to 1214 kHz. On the 30th September 1967, 1214 kHz was re-assigned to Radio 1.

With the Geneva plan re-organisation on 23rd November 1978, Burghead gained 3 additional transmitters. Radio 1 on 1053 kHz, Radio 2 on 693 kHz, and Radio 4 on 200 kHz, with Radio Scotland on 810 kHz and Radio 3 on 1215 kHz.

1st February 1988 the Radio 4 frequency was changed to 198 kHz.
27th August 1990, 693 kHz was re-assigned to Radio 5.
28th February 1992, Radio 3 on 1215 kHz closed.
30th June 1994, Radio 1 on 1053 kHz closed.

The original Burghead building and main transmitter. T1 was the original transmitter from the 1930s. Probably around 1973.
These are old slides and some are quite dirty etc


Burghead around 1973


Burghead around 1973
Reserve antenna


Burghead around 1973
T1


Burghead around 1973
T1


Burghead around 1973
T2


Burghead around 1973
Switchboard


Burghead around 1973


Burghead around 1973
Diesel generator


Burghead around 1973
T1


Burghead around 1973


Burghead around 1973
EHT generator for T1


Burghead around 1973
Main switchboard


Burghead around 1973


BELOW: a clipping from Wireless World reveals the first tentative steps in the search for a BBC site in northern Scotland.



Burghead index

Washford MF

BBC RD report; Field strength of the Scottish regional transmitter in the north of Scotland (1935)
BBC RD report: Signal strength contours (1937)

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