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The symbol shows the location of the Moel-Y-Parc (Flintshire, Wales) transmitter which serves 95,000 homes. 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 Moel-Y-Parc (Flintshire, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Moel-Y-Parc transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)572mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 14 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)572mDTG-20,000W
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5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Wales),

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)572mDTG-20,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD Wales, 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 110 Channel 4 HD (Wales), 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C51- (713.8MHz)572mDTG-810,000W
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 E4 (Wales), 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C36+ (594.2MHz)572mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C48- (689.8MHz)572mDTG-810,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Moel-Y-Parc transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 192km south (179°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 196km south (181°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

GwyddelwernActive deflector17 km E Llangollen62 homes
LlandeglaTransposer12 km E Wrexham33 homes
Pentre-llyn-cymmerTransposer18 km E Betws-y-Coed15 homes

How will the Moel-Y-Parc (Flintshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1963-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1727 Feb 2019
C39 +D3+4+D3+4D3+4

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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 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
com7(-8.4dB) 14.3kW
com8(-8.5dB) 14kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-20dB) 1000W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-26dB) 250W

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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Sunday, 6 February 2011
George H
5:02 PM

I am 25.2 miles from the Moel y Parc transmitter with clear line of sight. Should I be able to receive good reception of COM4, 5 & 6 channels or will I need to boost the signal?

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8:03 PM

George H: Until 21st Sep 2011, when the COM4 and COM5 multiplexes are moved to full power, you might have poor reception. A booster won't help.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Stuart O.

7:23 PM

Aerialman: I do suffer from the comment you said above by being unable to receive ARQB/MUXD due to the fact they transmit on the same frequency from both Winter Hill and Sutton Coldfield (ch.55).
Mind you, that is only because I have two aerials connected to my TV, one pointing at WH and one pointing somewhere between SC and The Wrekin. If I just had the one aerial pointing in one direction, I would receive WH, SC or TW. I can however receive MUXD from The Wrekin though the general signals from that transmitter aren't as good as SC's (probably due to lower transmission power compared to SC and because the aerial isn't exactly alligned). I will have to wait until 28th September 2011 for the final channel allocations and powers of the transmitters.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

7:47 PM

MOEL-Y-PARC transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:33 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

7:47 PM

MOEL-Y-PARC transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:33 today [BBC]

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Friday, 12 August 2011
1:56 AM

how can i or should i be able to get film4 here in north chester ch1 6dy? i thought i'd just look up the nearest trnasmitter and se what channel the relevant multiplex is on... but nothing under 48. not a sausage. I have no idea which direction my aerial is pointed - moel-y-parc or winter hill, but same as all the other houses round my street. thanks in advance

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Jim F

10:37 AM

lee: Looks like the houses there in Saughall all have their aerials pointing at Winter Hill. Arq B MUX (for Film4) uses UHF channel 55, so try manually tuning for that and see what signal strength / quality you're getting. Reception where you are should be good, but Arq B is operating at low power at the moment, and doesn't go to full power until 21st September. If you can't get Film4 now, you may well find it'll "appear" then.

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Friday, 19 August 2011
Alistair G.

7:29 PM

Why is Arqiva B "subject to a reactive power restriction of 5kW" "until further notice" ? Is it because being on C48 it is co-channel with one of the Divis multiplexes? Does anyone know when ArqB will be put up to 10KW?
Cheers, Alistair G.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Alistair G.

8:11 PM
St. Helens

Well the power didn't go up on SDN (CH51) and Arqiva A (CH52) overnight (I last checked at 10AM this morning).

I was expecting it to, after Sutton Coldfield had it's analog switched off overnight, and where the digital at Sutton Coldfield which was MUX B (CH51) and MUX C (CH52) had these frequencies changed so that CH52 and CH52 are now no longer co-channel with Moel Y Parc's SDN and ArqA as it was on the same frequencies.

It says above that SDN and ArqA are both on 2.5KW instead of 10KW until September 2011, and there's only a few days of September left! Does anyone know the date that the power on SDN / ArqA goes up to 10KW?

I can get all of the non-HD channels using a Pioneer DVR-LX60D or my 545HX only because of the extremely sensitive tuner. I am on an indoors aerial and am in Moss Bank, St.Helens! Winter Hill isn't an option as I am on the other side of our hill from it, and the Moss Bank transmitter only has half a Freeview on it. I don't want to spend money on a roof aerial just now (we must be the only house in England still with a VHF black and white 405 line TV aerial and even that's destructed itself by now). Sometimes I don't receive SDN and ArqA but not often. Was hoping the power would go up on them and cure this. Just need to know the date when it happens.

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Alistair G.

9:51 PM

Well well, I'm a happy bunny. The signal is now much higher on SDN (CH51) and ArqA (CH52), so they must have put the power up sometime between 10 AM and 9PM when I just checked.

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