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Photos by David Foord, Peter Bigwood and James Towill

Kirk o'Shotts North Lanarkshire
NGR: NS858636 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 277.4m Structure Height: 183m
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Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B        Digital One: 12A        Central Scotland: 11D       
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Kirk O'Shotts in North Lanarkshire, about 15 miles east of Glasgow, was once the BBC's main television and radio transmitter serving Central Scotland with VHF 405-line transmissions on channel 3 and as well as four national VHF radio services. It was the first television station to be built in Scotland, entering BBC programme service on 14 March 1952, serving the principle cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh plus surrounding areas.

Black Hill, a few miles to the north west, was chosen as the area's main UHF television station and VHF radio services were also moved to Black Hill when it was decided that the Kirk O'Shotts mast could not carry the BBC's upgraded aerials when mixed polarisation was introduced to improve FM reception on portable and car radios.

The mast originally stood at around 700ft. However, after the closure of the 405-line service in January 1985, the Band I aerial system was removed from the top, reducing the mast to the present height of around 600ft (183m)

In recent years the station has re-entered service as it now carries the regions Digital radio services.

There is no NGW sign at the site, just this one.

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These two photos [right and below] were taken in the late-70s/early-80s and show the original VHF Band I/II aerials

 

This final picture shows the Black Hill mast in the background:

Blackhill | Craigkelly

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