Peterborough transmitting station

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Morborne hill from west.jpg
Morborne Hill site from west
Peterborough transmitting station is located in Cambridgeshire
Peterborough transmitting station
Peterborough transmitting station (Cambridgeshire)
Mast height154 metres (505 ft)
Coordinates52°30′28″N 0°20′36″W / 52.507778°N 0.343333°W / 52.507778; -0.343333Coordinates: 52°30′28″N 0°20′36″W / 52.507778°N 0.343333°W / 52.507778; -0.343333
Grid referenceTL127913
Built1959 (original)
2006 (current)
Collapsed2004 (original)

The Peterborough transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility at Morborne Hill, near Peterborough, (grid reference TL127913).

There are two tall structures on adjacent sites: a guyed steel lattice mast belonging to Arqiva, and a 98.45 metres tall reinforced concrete tower belonging to BT. These sites are known by their owners as 'Peterborough' and 'Morborne Hill' respectively.

Arqiva mast[edit]

Original steel lattice mast collapsed, showing contact with building at the base.

A 154-metre (505 ft) guyed high-steel lattice mast, belonging to Arqiva, is used primarily for FM broadcasting but carries many other services.

Originally, this mast was built for broadcasting television on VHF Band I.

On 30 October 2004 this mast was destroyed by fire. It collapsed, seriously damaging the transmitter building at the base. Services were temporarily restored by transferring them to the adjacent BT tower and two temporary masts, including the BBC emergency mast which was put in use for the first time. A new replacement mast has now been built and is in full service.

Services available[edit]

Analogue radio[edit]

Frequency kW Service
90.1 MHz 40 BBC Radio 2
92.3 MHz 40 BBC Radio 3
94.5 MHz 40 BBC Radio 4
95.7 MHz 5.1 BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
99.7 MHz 40 BBC Radio 1
101.9 MHz 40 Classic FM

Digital radio[edit]

Frequency Block kW Operator
216.928 MHz 11A 5 Digital Two
221.352 MHz 11D 5 Digital One
225.648 MHz 12B 10 BBC National DAB
229.072 MHz 12D 4 NOW Peterborough

BT concrete tower[edit]

The adjacent tower is one of twelve reinforced concrete towers owned by BT in the UK. It is used mainly for point-to-point microwave links and forms part of BT's national telecommunications network. It was not damaged by the collapse of the Arqiva mast.

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