THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY
|Photos by Bill Wright||Page last updated: 2012-12-10|
|Bill writes: Killin is a village at the western end of Loch Tay in the Scottish Highlands. Last year I wanted to photograph the Killin transmitter, but the weather was dreadful so it was out of the question.|
This year the day started very wet and windy, but it picked up a bit towards lunchtime, so I set out along the steep road that goes nearest to the transmitter. The OS shows an unmetalled track running from the road to the site. The distance was only about a mile but there were 27 contour lines crossing the road. I didnít fancy hiking up there, so I was very pleased to find that the track was not gated, and that it was in fact newly surfaced. My old bus chugged up and up the steep and narrow jet-black strip of pristine asphalt, between endless rows of fir trees. There were no passing places so itís lucky we didnít meet NGW or ntl! I made a mental note to calculate the amount of diesel needed to lift a 7Ĺ ton vehicle through 27 contour lines and send the bill to mb21!
A weak and watery sun came out just as we emerged above the tree line, so I grabbed the camera and staggered up the steep banking towards the transmitter. It was a revelation climbing above the tree level. Loch Tay and the village lay below a skyline of snow-topped peaks.
|I took a few photographs then climbed up behind the mast to get a shot with the mountains in the background, and the sun very kindly stayed out whilst I did this.|
|As I stood there gasping for breath I looked to the east and saw a wall of grey nothingness approaching fast down the glen.|
|I set off down but I was much too late, and this wasnít ordinary English wet rain Ė this was rock-hard Scottish rain that stung the ears and threatened to dent the camera! With hailstones the size of peas tattooing down in the bright sunshine I fled, but at the van it was just ordinary rain, so I got no sympathy. Still, the pictures were in the bag (or on the card) and that was all that mattered.|
I donít know why there are two horizontally polarised UHF yagis looking west and a vertical log-periodic looking east-north-east. Maybe someone else can figure it out...
The station was in fact built in 1983, using vertical polarisation only. The horizontally polarised Crianlarich component was added in 2001. Transmitter power is split 90% to the original VP antenna and 10% to the HP antenna.
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