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THE EITSHAL TRANSMITTER is the UHF main station that serves the Outer Hebrides from its base on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland.

Originally opened by the BBC in 1976 as a new-build UHF site, it directly serves the Isle of Lewis itself plus parts of the Scottish mainland and the Isle of Skye.

Due to the mountainous terrain to the south of Lewis, the station relies heavily on its dependent relay network to provide UHF coverage to the neighbouring Hebridean islands.

The station is located on the mountain of Eitshal (spelt Eitseal in gaelic) which is in the vicinity of Acha Mor approximately five miles south-west of Stornoway.  Transmissions from the site also include BBC National FM, Independent FM and BBC National DAB radio.

Although not the final UHF main station to enter service, it was one of the very last new-build UHF sites and certainly the last to feature a high stayed mast as its transmitting structure.


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SITE INFORMATION


Location:

Eitseal, Acha Mor, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DX

Grid Reference:

NB305303

Landlord:

Arqiva (Legacy: BBC/Crown Castle/NGW)

Ground Height:

205.7m

BBC Region:

Scotland

Mast Height:

172.3m

ITV Region:

STV North (Grampian)

Aerial Height: (*)

366m

 

UHF Tx Number:

15400

(*) Average UHF aerial height above sea level (a.o.d)  

 

 


  CURRENT TRANSMISSIONS

Digital Television  

 

Analogue Radio (FM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

: Ch/Polarisation/e.r.p

 

 

 Service:

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

PSB1

: 26 / H / 20kW 

 

 

BBC Radio 1:

99.4

2kW

PSB2

: 23 / H / 20kW 

 

 

BBC Radio 2:

89.8

2kW

PSB3

: 29 / H / 20kW 

 

 

BBC Radio 3:

92.0

2kW

COM4

: 25 / H / 10kW 

 

 

BBC Radio 4:

95.1

2kW

COM5

: 22 / H / 10kW

 

 BBC Radio Scotland (Inverness):

94.2

2kW

COM6 

: 28 / H / 10kW 

 

 

 BBC Radio nan Gaidheal:

 104.3

2kW

 

 

 

Isles FM:

103.0

2kW

Digital Radio

 

 

 

BBC National (Block 12B)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-DIGITAL SWITCHOVER UHF TRANSMISSIONS

(Shutdown completed 21 July 2010)

Analogue Television 

 

 

 

Digital Television

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

  Ch/Polar/e.r.p

 

 

 

 

Service

 Ch/Polar/e.r.p

BBC1

: 33 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

Mux1

: 34 / H / 0.8kW

BBC2

: 23 / H / 100kW  

 

 

 

 

Mux2

: 30 / H / 0.8kW

ITV1

: 26 / H / 100kW 

 

 

 

 

MuxA

: 22 / H / 0.8kW

Ch4

: 29 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

MuxB

: 25 / H / 0.8kW

Ch5

: No service

 

MuxC

: 28 / H / 0.8kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MuxD

: 32 / H / 0.8kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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