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Inverarish Isle of Skye
NGR: NG557343 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 65m Structure Height: 25m
Digital TV: BBC A: 46 D3&4: 43 BBC B: 40
BBC Radio:
 
Ind. National Radio:
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Comments: Inverarish is a relay of Skriaig. Pre B700 clearance channels: 46/43/50

The trouble with island transmitters is that coastal areas of the island tend to be over the radio horizon. Skriaig, on Skye, is a good example. It serves most of the island - and the surrounding islands and the nearby areas of the mainland - very well, but a lot of the island's east coast is completely screened from the transmitter by intervening high ground. So the capital of Skye, Portree, has its own little transmitter at Penifiler, and on the neighbouring island of Raasay the Inverarish transmitter receives signals from Skriaig and sends them back to the thin line of habitation along the east coast of Skye. Inverarish serves a long stretch of Skye coastline, and by some miracle is in the one place where there is line-of-sight all the way along narrow Loch Sligachan to the famous Sligachan Hotel.

Clearly, this is a collectable transmitter [well it is inverarish category! -mb]. At the Sconser ferry terminal I enquired the price of a trip to Raasay for two adults and one Mercedes Behemoth. £38 return! My dedication to the mb21 cause was tested to the limit as with trembling hands I passed over my next week's beer money.

The transmitter site itself is fairly unremarkable. The broadcast equipment is dwarfed by that for the cellphone networks. It's odd that phone coverage on the Western Isles is better than that of many well populated mainland areas, but good because it means that we can use our mobiles like walkie-talkies in the most remote areas, and access our email from mountain tops.

At Inverarish the broadcast signals are received by a log periodic mounted only about three metres above the ground, but why not? - Skriaig is clearly visible and there is little chance of interference at this remote location.


The tv aerial on the Raasay ferry!

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