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Would an aerial amplifier boost the current weak Wenvoe signal enough to receive the full range of Freeview channels for Merthyr Road, Pontypridd, CF37 4DG?

At the moment only the Pontypridd Common transmitter offers a strong Freeview signal with the unfortunate limited channel choice.

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I recently asked if an aerial signal booster would enable adequate reception of the Wenvoe transmitter signal at Merthyr Road, Pontypridd, CF37 4DG (approx ST079906)?

I've since discovered that the Home's aerials are located in the loft and no doubt are directed only at the Pontypridd transmitter (channels 22 & 25 only).

After fitting a £7.49p aerial signal booster channels 41 & 44 now alternate between no signal and poor signal (not usable).

Is there a local resident or informed aerial installer out there who can answer if reception of a usable Wenvoe transmitter signal at this location is possible? (with a correctly located and positioned aerial).

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jb38: FYI the amplifier has not made things worse - What I tried to explain is that you can and always have been able to receive a strong signal for channels 22 & 25 via the Pontypridd relay transmitter.

However since adding an amplifier you can also just about receive a signal for channels 41 & 44 via the Wenvoe transmitter - even with the aerial in a loft and pointing at the Pontypridd relay transmitter not Wenvoe.

The aerial is in the loft of a nursing home (I'm told there are about 20 aerials in the loft) and I don't want to insist on things being changed unless I'm reasonably sure that the changes are going to work. Hence I live in the hope that someone with local knowledge will answer my post.

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jb38: Thanks for your post, your observations and suggestions are most appreciated. If I can persuade the Home to find and reposition my mum's particular aerial I will do so. It's got to be worth a try, surely?

FYI the amplifier has a claimed gain of 21db, but with the aerial pointing away from Wenvoe it's simply boosting the already woefully limited number of channels offered by the Pontypridd relay station.

I live in CF38 and from there I can not only receive the Wenvoe signal but also a Mendip signal. However, it's clear that relay stations offer nothing more that a poor man's Freeview service.

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