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Photos by Steve Caddy Page last updated: 2014-02-18
Bassenthwaite Cumbria
NGR: NY206305 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 35m
Digital TV: BBC A: 39 D3&4: 45 BBC B: 42
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Comments: Bassenthwaite is a relay of Caldbeck. Pre B700 allocations: 49/45/42.

Bassenthwaite was not difficult to find but you can't actually see it until you walk into it, because it's surrounded by trees... however this makes it challenging to take good photographs.

Interestingly, it has a panel Rx about halfway up (has to be Rx, as dependent Keswick receives a vertical signal), and then both panel and crossed logs Tx aerials at the top. Before DSO, channels 42 and 45 were co-channel with Caldbeck pre-DSO DTT services and apparently some parts of Bassenthwaite suffered interference as a result. Two additional transposers were installed to radiate the effected services, BBC 2 on Ch 66 and Channel 4 on Ch 68, which were outside the bandwidth of the panel aerials - hence the additional logs.

Bassenthwaite entered service on 19th March 1976, with Channel 4 from May 1984 and is the first relay, in a chain that feeds Keswick, then Threlkeld.

DSO was on 24th June and 22nd July 2009.

Keswick | Threlkeld

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