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THE ASHKIRK TRANSMITTER is the BBC National FM main station that serves the Scottish Borders and adjoining parts of Northumberland.

It is sited on Dryden Hill, alongside the main A7 Edinburgh-Carlisle road, a few miles south of the UHF main station at Selkirk.

TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE

Ashkirk transmits from a 229.1 metre (752-ft) square-cross-section lattice stayed mast.  Whilst not particularly distinctive in appearance, it is actually the only lattice structure on a VHF transmission site of BBC origin that combines a square-cross-section design with a height of at least 229 metres (750-ft).

(The adjacent Selkirk station coincidentally features one of only two masts of ITA origin with these same characteristics)

Furthermore, it is the only mast of this height at a station originally built to transmit BBC 405-line television at medium-power level, lattice structures of this scale having been otherwise limited to the sites of the four provincial high-power BBC 405-line transmitters at Holme Moss, Kirk o'Shotts, Sutton Coldfield and Wenvoe.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATED JULY 2017

 

ADDED JULY 2017

 

UPDATED JULY 2017

 


TELEVISION HISTORY

The Ashkirk station was opened by the BBC on 17 June 1963 to provide improved 405-line VHF Band I television coverage to the Scottish Borders, the area previously relying on distant reception from the Kirk o'Shotts transmitter.

Transmitting on VHF Channel 1 with a maximum Effective Radiated Power (ERP) of 18 kilowatts, the station was one of the first BBC examples of purpose-built automatic unattended operation, in this instance re-broadcasting BBC Television as a relay of Kirk o'Shotts.

The opening of the station also marked one of the last significant examples of transmitting stations built in close proximity to each other, the ITA unusually being first in this instance to estalish their transmitter for the area at nearby Selkirk in December 1961.

Ashkirk transmitted BBC VHF Television until the final shutdown of the 405-line service in January 1985.  With Selkirk providing the UHF service to the region, Ashkirk ceased to be involved in television broadcast after this date and has since concentrated solely on BBC radio transmissions.


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SITE INFORMATION


Location:

Dryden Hill, Ashkirk, Scottish Borders

Grid Reference:

NT470244

Landlord:

Arqiva (Legacy: BBC/Crown Castle UK/NGW)

Ground Height:

300.5m

ITV Region:

N/A - Transmitted from Selkirk

Mast Height:

229.1m

BBC Region:

N/A - Transmitted from Selkirk

Aerial Height: (*)

 

 

 

 


  CURRENT TRANSMISSIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Television 

 

 

 

Analogue Radio (FM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None - Transmitted from Selkirk   

 

 Service:

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

 

 

 

BBC Radio 1:

98.7

50kW

 

 

 

BBC Radio 2:

89.1

50kW

Digital Radio  

 

 

BBC Radio 3:

91.3

50kW

 

 

 

BBC Radio 4:

103.9

50kW

None - Transmitted from Selkirk

BBC Radio Scotland (Selkirk opt-out):

93.5

50kW

 

 

 

 


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