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Photos by Lee Goulding and Peter Vrakking Page last updated: 2016-05-06
Ben Rhydding West Yorkshire
NGR: SE135478 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 86m      Structure Height:
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Comments: Used to broadcast Fresh FM on 107.1, replaced by Windsover Farm with station relaunch as Stray FM


This little thing was one of three very low power sites for fill-in services of the Yorkshire Dales ILR station Fresh Radio. Broadcasting with just 7 watts, it put in a surprisingly good daytime performance in the local area covering Ilkley, Otley and other parts of Lower Wharfedale, just to the north of Leeds. Ben Rhydding was situated in the grounds of the local scouts' hut and very close to the Leeds to Ilkley railway line

To clarify the history, Ben Rhydding operated on 1431 kHz from January 2001 using a lightweight mast radiator (Ofcom data shows the antenna as 15 m tall). From February 2007 the site operated on 107.1 MHz and the Ofcom data suggests this was likely to be a vertical antenna at the top of the mast. The frequency was subsequently allocated to Stray FM at Windsover Farm

Above and below: Lee shows us the view "across the tracks"

Peter was able to take a closer look: "The antenna is not complety straight, the antenna tuner (I assume) is shielded against whatever under a plastic crate"

Editor's note: there is certainly an element of improvisation here and other low-power Fresh Radio sites at Pateley Bridge and Richmond had similar installations. The sites at Hawes and Skipton had more conventional arrangements and operated at 1 kW and 0.1 kW respectively

Hawes | Pateley Bridge | Richmond (Borough Road) | Skipton MF | Windsover Farm

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