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Photos by Mike Sherrit and Dan Glover Page last updated: 2017-02-23
Greenside Scalp Fife
NGR: NO431290 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 10m      Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio: Talk Sport: 1053 kHz 
Ind. Local Radio: Tay 2: 1161 kHz 
Digital Radio:
Comments: Transmitted Absolute Radio on 1242 kHz until mid May 2018.

Updated February 2017

This is an AM radio transmitter located on the banks of the river Tay serving Dundee and NE Fife.

BBC documentation refers to this site as Dundee. Opened in 1946 for the Third Programme on 1474 kHz. Frequency changed to 1546 kHz on 15th March 1950. Frequency changed again to 1594 kHz in 1968. New transmitter added for Radio 2 on 1484 kHz in October 1968.

The frequency changes of 23rd November 1978 saw both Radio 2 & Radio 3 closed, but a new transmitter for Radio 1 on 1053 kHz entered service.

Everything started to be a bit commercial after 17th October 1980 when ILR Dundee (Radio Tay) entered service on 1161 kHz. On 30th April 1993 INR 2 (Virgin Radio), in service on 1242 kHz. 30th June 1994 Radio 1 closed. 14th February 1995 INR 3 (Talk Radio), in service on 1053 kHz, the former Radio 1 frequency.

It's unlikely anything has changed at the MF site since Mike's visit. The structures in the background are three "jack up" oil rigs currently in Dundee for maintenance.

The mast radiator here is tubular rather than a lattice and there's a sloping wire reflector to the right.

At the top we have the expected three stays ("guys") one of which is in-line with the mast. Running parallel to the mast, on the left, the "fall arrest" safety line and running diagonally on the right the anchorage for the sloping wire.

What purpose do those "rings" around the top section of the the stays perform? Is it significant that the top stays (only) have a couple of insulators and wire sections? Everything else looks to be some sort of non-conductive "rope".

Down below, as expected, the mast is insulated at the base and fed at the bottom.

The sloping wire is held in position by springs and things and connected to the tuning unit on the right.

Dishes probably provide most of the feeds but there's also a Band II yagi and a UHF log periodic presumably facing Angus.

This sign looks to be almost new. The site number has been added by hand: 140777

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