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There are no longer any television transmissions on the Holywell (Flintshire, Wales) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Holywell (Flintshire, Wales) transmitter. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Holywell (Flintshire, Wales) transmitter.

This transmitter is no longer being used for TV

In the past, television services were provided from this transmitter. However, these have not been withdrawn.

Please see the table below for details of the historic used of this transmitter location.

How will the Holywell (Flintshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1331 Mar 2019-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 28 Oct 09 and 25 Nov 09.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 40W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Moel-Y-Parc transmitter area

Sep 1962-Jul 1964Wales (West and North) Television (Teledu Cymru)
Jul 1964-Jul 1968Television Wales and the West
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Harlech Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Holywell was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
2:39 PM

I live in the Holywell area but get Calender news on channel 3 on my remote control I have tried retuning but to no avail so could someone please tell me why I am getting this channel...

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S.Croman's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

3:01 PM

S.Croman: I answer to your question: probably because your TV is tuning to Emley Moor transmitter which is in Yorkshire and serves a large portion of it.

You may be able to do the unplugging aerial trick, but only if we know which transmitter it is you are trying to pick up as in some cases the wanted and the unwanted could be within the same range of the frequency band.

I will hazard a guess that your aerial is horizontal and pointing north west, towards Winter Hill, which is roughly the same direction as Emley Moor.

In which case, when you run the automatic tuning scan, start it off with the aerial unplugged and plug in at 55% or once it gets past C47, if it gives UHF/RF channel numbers (which run 21 to 69) as it scans.

If you're looking to get Wales regional programming rather than North West England programming then it might require a bit more work, or you may find that it tunes in Wales instead.

You should be able to identify which transmitter you are tuned to by viewing the signal strength screen and observing the UHF/RF channel number.

For BBC One, Storeton Wales is on C57; Winter Hill is on C59; Emley Moor is on C47

For ITV, Storeton Wales is on C53; Winter Hill is on C59; Emley Moor is on C44

For BBC One HD, Storeton Wales is on C60; Winter Hill is on C54; Emley Moor is on C41

For ITV3, Winter Hill is on C58

For Pick TV Winter Hill is on C61

For Film4 Winter Hill is on C55

(On 10th April 2013, Winter Hill's BBC One will move to C50 and its Pick TV will move to C49.)

Because Storeton and Winter Hill are in roughly the same direction, you are probably looking at tuning in Storeton Wales for the Public Service channels (57, 53 and 60(HD)) and Winter Hill for the others. Because they're in the same area of channel numbers, you may have to resort to manual tuning if it doesn't default to Storeton Wales for the regional channels.

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