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THE ANGUS TRANSMITTER is the UHF main station for the Tayside area of Scotland.  It is sited on Balcalk Hill near the village of Tealing, which is approximately six miles north of Dundee City Centre.

The station is also the main DAB radio transmitter for the region with BBC National FM radio transmitted from nearby Forfar.

Angus is the most southerly of the main UHF transmitters in the STV North franchise area, formally Grampian Television.

TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE

Transmissions from Angus are carried on a 229.5m (753-ft) triangular cross-section lattice stayed mast, which is held in place by twelve stay-lines secured at ground level by six anchoring blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mast Images

 

Aerials/700MHz

 

Site Images

 

UHF Coverage Map

 

 

Updated July 2017

 

Updated July 2017

 

 

 


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DIGITAL SWITCHOVER DATES

 

4 August 2010 - Stage 1 (DSO1) 

  • Shutdown of BBC2 analogue on Channel 63
  • Shutdown of Mux1 on Channel 68
  • ITV1 analogue moved for remainder of service from Channel 60 to ex-BBC2 analogue Channel 63
  • Launch of PSB1 (BBC A) multiplex on Channel 60

18 August 2010 - Stage 2 (DSO2)

  • Shutdown of remaining analogue services and launch of PSB2, PSB3 and COM Multiplexes.

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STATION HISTORY

Angus was built by the Independent Television Authority (ITA) for two main purposes, the immediate objective being the provision of improved ITV 405-line VHF coverage to the Dundee area that neither the existing ITA transmitters at Black Hill and Durris were able to serve effectively.

Based on the respective levels of coverage provided by these distant transmitters, both Scottish Television and Grampian Television laid claim to the Angus transmitter.  Even though the ITA originally intended Dundee to be served by Scottish Television from Black Hill and had persisted in their efforts to improve coverage to the area from this transmitter, the authority ultimately concluded that Dundee and its surroundings would be better served by awarding the Angus transmitter to Grampian.

Based on this decision, Angus would operate as a relay of the main 405-line VHF transmitter at Durris.  Also within the Grampian Television area, the ITA were concurrently developing a similar station at Rumster Forest as a relay of the region's other main 405-line transmitter at Mounteagle

The site of the Angus transmitter was close to the Forfar station, which the BBC had opened in July 1964 to overcome a similar issue of poor coverage in the Dundee area.  This was to be the last significant example of the ITA siting a 405-line transmitter in close proximity to an existing BBC station.

From the 750-ft mast and fully automated transmission facility, the Angus station came into full service on 13 Ocober 1965, broadcasting on VHF Channel 11 at a peak output of 50kW (vision e.r.p).

The second and ultimately primary function of the Angus transmitter was to provide UHF coverage to Tayside plus areas of Fife and Perthshire, in which capacity the station was designated a main transmitter site.  In accordance with established practice, BBC2 was the first UHF service to be installed, bringing colour television pictures to the area for the first time from 28 July 1969.

UHF transmitters for BBC1 and ITV followed in 1972, whilst Channel 4 came into operation in November 1983.

As a result of 405-line transmissions from its parent station at Durris ending prematurely on 9 July 1984 to enable replacement of the fire damaged UHF aerial, Angus ended transmissions on VHF Channel 11 from the same date.

Due to lack of a suitable frequency combined with the station's positioning near the North Sea (providing the potential to interfere with European stations) Angus never carried Channel Five.  A service was however broadcast from its relay at Tay Bridge which provided sufficient power to serve those with suitable aerials in the Dundee area. 


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STATION INFORMATION


Location:

Balcalk Hill, Kirkton of Tealing, Angus

Grid Reference:

NO394407

Landlord:

Arqiva (Legacy: ITA/IBA/NTL Broadcast)

Ground Height:

313.0m

BBC Region:

Scotland

Mast Height:

229.5m

ITV Region:

STV North

Aerial Height: (*)

546m

 

UHF Tx Number:

12300

(*) 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

: 60 / H / 20kW  

 

 

Classic FM:

100.1

10.6kW

PSB2

: 53 / H / 20kW  

 

 

Tay FM:

102.8

5.25kW

PSB3

: 57 / H / 20kW  

 

    BBC National FM from Forfar

COM4

: 54 / H / 10kW 

 

 

COM5

: 58 / H / 10kW 

Digital Radio (DAB)

COM6

: 49 / H / 10kW

 

 

 

 

 

COM7

: 31 / H / 5kW  

 

 

BBC National (Block 12B)

COM8

: 37 / H / 4.9kW  

 

 

Digital One (Block 12A)

STV2

: 48 / H / TBC  

 

  Tayside (Block 11B)

 

 

 

 

Sound Digital (Block 11A)

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-DIGITAL SWITCHOVER UHF TRANSMISSIONS

(Shutdown completed 18 August 2010)

Analogue Television 

 

 

 

Digital Television

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

  Ch/Polar/e.r.p

 

 

 

 

Service

 Ch/Polar/e.r.p

BBC1

: 57 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

Mux1

: 68 / H / 2.0kW

BBC2

: 63 / H / 100kW  

 

 

 

 

Mux2

: 66 / H / 2.0kW

ITV1

: 60 / H / 100kW 

 

 

 

 

MuxA

: 59 / H / 2.0kW

Ch4

: 53 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

MuxB

: 62 / H / 2.0kW

Ch5

: No Service - Dundee area coverage was from Tay Bridge relay

 

MuxC

: 56 / H / 2.0kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MuxD

: 65 / H / 2.0kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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