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Photos by Peter Bigwood Page last updated: 2020-05-10
Lancaster Lancashire
NGR: SD490662 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 87.8m
Digital TV: BBC A: 27 D3&4: 24 BBC B: 21 SDN: 25 Arq A: 28 Arq B: 22
BBC Radio:
  Radio Lancashire: 104.5 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B        Digital One: 11D       
Comments: Lancaster is a TV relay of Winter Hill (line fed)

Peter Bigwood comments: "I've quite taken a fancy to this site... probably the sunshine. It's a landmark to M6 users and unusual in that all three of each sets of guys are attached to the one same anchor block."

Lancaster was originally planned to be a 100 kW main station transmitting with horizontal polarisation. The allocated channels were to have been 40/43/46/56. This plan was changed by the time Lancaster entered service in 1972 to a 10 kW vertically polarised relay of Winter Hill, site number 103.35, with a channel allocation of 31/27/24/21.

Originally an ITA landlord site. BBC 1 & 2 entered service in January 1972, with ITV from 26th June 1972 and Channel 4 from December 1983. The UHF cylinder contains a 16 tier cardioid, with maximum ERP directed on a bearing of 100°. DTT was added early in 1999. DSO was on 4th November and 2nd December 2009.

Radio Lancashire entered service on 13th June 1984.

DAB service dates: North-West, 27th September 2001, closed 24th September 2013; Digital One, 28th September 2001; BBC, 14th April 2004.

Radio Lancashire coverage area map

Hameldon Hill | Oxcliffe | Winter Hill

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