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Brechin Satellite Earth Station

Located in the former Ardovie Quarry, on a hill-top, 1½ miles (2.5 km) southwest of Brechin and 4½ miles (7 km) east northeast of Aberlemno in Angus, Brechin Satellite Earth Station is an integral part of the national telecommunication network, operated by Cable & Wireless. There are three satellite dishes on the site; the first is 11m (36 feet) in diameter and connects North Sea oil platforms to Scotland and provides telecommunications links to mainland Europe. Costing around £2 million, it was opened on 19th July 1991 by the then Scottish Secretary Ian Lang (b.1940). A second 8.1-m (26-foot) dish entered service in 1996 makes a connection to Africa and South America. The smallest dish (only 4.6m / 15 feet in diameter) entered service in 2001 and provides an enhanced service to the North Sea oil industry. Land-based communication is via tower-based microwave transmitters.


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