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Woolmoor North Yorkshire
NGR: SE457881 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 99.6 Radio 2: 90.2 Radio 3: 92.2 Radio 4: 94.4
  Radio York: 104.3 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio:
Comments: Woolmoor is a network FM relay of Pontop Pike

I’m not surprised it’s taken until now for anyone to photograph Woolmoor for mb21. There is no public access, the approach being along a rough and steep track that starts at a roadside gate and winds up through the hills for a painful mile or so.

For many years there were no BBC national VHF FM transmissions from Bilsdale, which always seemed rather strange since this left many of the villages and towns of North Yorkshire with little or no coverage. It always seemed odd that Century FM was available in the Dales at good strength but not, in may locations, Radios 1, 2, 3, or 4. Woolmoor’s coverage was and is limited and in fact the best national FM signals available in Swaledale, Wensleydale, and the bottom of Bilsdale itself were the weak and watery ones from Pontop Pike and Holme Moss.

Bilsdale now transmits the BBC nationals at 5kW, the same power as Woolmoor, but since Bilsdale is so much higher its coverage is far superior, and Woolmoor, only a few miles to the south, now seems a bit superfluous. Meanwhile, unwelcome evidence of Bilsdale’s extremely elevated location and its effect on propagation is always apparent to those of us in South Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire, fifty miles to the south, who would like to listen to BBC Radio Lincolnshire from Belmont on 94.9MHz. Radio Cleveland from Bilsdale on 95.0MHz more-or-less wipes it out in many locations.

I would have expected the RBL log periodic to point towards Holme Moss, but in fact it looks north, possibly to Pontop Pike.

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