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Photos by James Muir Page last updated: 2015-06-28
Toward Argyll & Bute
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Here's a little bit of broadcasting history. Around 100m down the track from the Rothesay site (which James visited in March 2015) there is the former BBC Toward Band I and Band II site with what looks like the original mast still in place. This station commenced transmissions 50 years ago on 22nd March 1965, with BBC 1 405 lines being transmitted until July 1983 and FM radio continuing until 10th October 1984 when the transmissions were transferred to Rothesay. The primary reception targets for the station largely mirrored those of the Rothesay station today, i.e. Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and Largs on the mainland.

Another view of the Toward mast. I believe that the steelwork protruding on the RHS supported RBL aerials on Kirk o'Shotts.

Detail of aerials higher up on the Toward mast - does anyone know what they are used for?

The view from the Toward site looking towards Rothesay, with the more distant hills of Arran just visible in the background.


BBC R&D Report on Toward

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