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Photos by Jordy Lyons Page last updated: 2023-05-09
NGR: J372675 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv)   Site Height: 137m      Structure Height:
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Comments: Transmitted ILR Belfast on 1026 kHz until December 2023.

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May 2006

This is a broadcast site located at Knockbracken just past Carryduff. It's off the main road into Belfast just after Brackenvale for anyone who knows the area. It has broadcast Downtown Radio since the station's launch on the 16th March 1976, to Belfast and much of County Down on 1026 kHz. (Originally 1025 kHz).

I had always thought of this site as a wire slung between two masts, but it's actually two independent active masts with a wire from each. This is to make the transmissions slightly directional to the west-northwest (295°). As you can see in many of the pictures, the field the masts are located in, is full of cows. They didn't seem to mind me except for one which wouldn't let me near the base of the closest mast - must have been a security guard for Arqiva!

Some of the pictures are a bit dull, the weather and light were badly against me but here it is for the gallery. OFCOM and Arqiva have this site listed as Knock-Brecken but it is actually Knockbracken.

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