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Photos by Martin Briscoe Page last updated: 2012-11-04

Oban Band I and Band II

The Oban Band I site opened on 22nd June 1963. There was original no road to the site, all the heavy equipment was taken to the site on cableway from some down the "cliff face" on the West side of the site. For many years the only access was a footpath from near the MacKelvie Hospital and everything had to be carried up - including the Polyscop!

I think the track was put in when the UHF TV arrived.

The Band I was received from the SHF link site at Ardgour (via its passive reflector on the hill behind).

Band II got its feed by PO lines. Rosemarkie was received at Fort Augustus then PO line to Fort William and on to Oban via Ballachulish. The line between Fort William and Oban was reversible so in the event of programme being lost from Fort Augustus (as when one of the Red Arrows hit the 135KV (??) grid line near Fort Augustus) a feed could be got from Glasgow - the PIE at Ballachulish was remotely switched.



Original Oban Times article on opening of Oban site.
copyright Oban Times of course


Original Visitors' Book from Oban (retrieved from skip). Just over four pages of signatures from opening day then empty.


Original Visitors' Book from Oban (retrieved from skip). Just over four pages of signatures from opening day then empty.


Original Visitors' Book from Oban (retrieved from skip). Just over four pages of signatures from opening day then empty.


Original Oban tower (replaced later).
Band II antenna at top then Band I antenna lower down. Taken from alongside footpath to site.
Probably in early 1970s. Old film / slide so quite dirty.


Original Oban tower (replaced later)
Band II antenna at top then Band I antenna lower down. Taken from alongside footpath to site.
Probably in early 1970s. Old film / slide so quite dirty.


Original Oban tower (replaced later).
Band II antenna at top then Band I antenna lower down. Probably in early 1970s.
Old film / slide so quite dirty


Original Oban tower (replaced later).
Band I antenna. Probably in early 1970s.
Old film / slide so quite dirty


Original Oban tower (replaced later)
Band II antenna. Probably in early 1970s
Old film / slide so quite dirty


Oban original tower with Band I and Band II antenna
Date unknown.
Old slides so quite dirty


Oban. Original tower with Band I and Band II antenna
Date unknown
Old slides so quite dirty


Oban. Original tower with Band I and Band II antenna
Date unknown
Old slides so quite dirty


Oban original Band II equipment

Oban index

Transmitting aerials for the Oban television and VHF sound station.
Service areas of the Great Glen chain of television and VHF sound transmitters.

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