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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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales), 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C36+ (594.2MHz)572mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Dave Lindsay

7:10 PM

Tony: With a more exact location I could perhaps be more specific.

But taking the post code LL11 5UN and inputting it in the Digital UK Tradeview predictor gives:

Postcode Checker - Trade View

There are a number of transmitters found. The only Welsh one is Moel y Parc, but Sutton Coldfield comes up tops.

Unfortunately, BBC A (standard definition services of BBC One, BBC Two etc) and BBC B (HD services) are co-channel (same frequency) with those of Commercial services from Sutton Coldfield.

This means that you will only be able to pick up ITV Wales and S4C until 2013 when they too will be co-channel with Sutton Coldfield. This is unless there is somewhere your aerial can be mounted where the signal from Sutton Coldfield can be blocked such as on one side of your house (not sure how effective this might be).

As I say, with a more accurate location I might be able to be more specific, but based on what I found, the Sutton Coldfield would appear to be the spanner in the works. (GU273RW)

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Saturday, 17 March 2012
Stuart O.

3:55 PM

What is a reactive power restriction anyway?
Is it permanently at 5,000 Watts until 24th October or are there periods when power is increased?
I'm seeing powers mentioned of 10,000 Watts, 12,500 Watts and 5,000 Watts and can't make out which multiplexes have been on or are on or due to be on each of the power ratings I have stated above.
And why mention 12,500 Watts from 28th September 2011 when in actual fact it's at 5,000 Watts?

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Dave Lindsay

6:03 PM

Stuart O.: As a guess, I would say that the significance of 24th October is that it is the date the the whole of Ireland switches to digital TV. I wonder, therefore, whether "reactive power" means that the power might be reduced should the signal travel further than normal and interfere with other services on channel 48.

The mention of 12.5kW is perhaps the figure that was quoted by official sources such as Ofcom at the time it was written. As I say, if you refer to the latest Ofcom document, it says 10kW for the COMs, so this would appear to be the current value.

Perhaps one of the pros could shed more light on this and whether my guess might be right.

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Sunday, 18 March 2012
Stuart O.

11:39 AM

Think I got a bit confused between the details of ArqA and ArqB.
I guess if ArqA never has or never will be on 12.5kW, then that statement above saying it increases power from 28th September 2011 should be removed.
As for ArqB, clearer information should be given that it is currently on and is staying on 10kW but may reduce to 5kW after 24th October 2012. And if it does get reduced to 5kW, then reasons should be given on this site by Ofcom such as why that date, why 5kW and why and how 10kW is possible for SDN and ArqA but is not possible for ArqB and why it has to reduce to half-power.

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Sunday, 17 June 2012
7:46 PM

Hi I live in Caergwrle postcode LL12 9AE but can't get freeview hd.Will it be possible to get it in the future or do I need to upgrade my aerial?If I need to upgrade aerial what sort of price would I pay?
Many thanks

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Dave Lindsay

9:45 PM

Owain: There should be no aerial upgrade required to receive Freeview HD.

Have you tried to receive it?

If so, what's the make and model of your TV or box?

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Dave Lindsay

9:47 PM

Owain: Are you definately receiving Welsh TV from Moel-y-Parc? And if so can you receive BBC and ITV1, S4C, Channel 4 etc? And are they good reception?

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Sunday, 16 September 2012
M W Hodson
6:45 PM

When S4c in HD (Ch53) ceases what will replace it? also will Ch5 (HD) ever come to Wales,
possibly using Ch 304?

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Mark Fletcher

8:08 PM

M W Hodson.Difficult question but the answer is wait and see ? !

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Monday, 17 September 2012
Mike Dimmick

6:16 PM

M W Hodson: S4C Clirlun was included in Channel 4's original application for HD capacity on Freeview. My best guess is that Channel 4 HD will replace S4C Clirlun.

Channel 5 have twice been allocated capacity on Freeview for an HD service, and twice failed to launch. The first time, they left some aspects of their bid unconfirmed and failed to eventually tell Ofcom what those details were. The slot reverted to the BBC, who launched BBC One HD.

The second time, they reported that they would be commercially unable to launch. The fifth slot reverted to the BBC, who this time used the space for 301HD for the Olympics; it was then given to Channel 4 for C4 PG Extra during the Paralympics. We don't yet know what service will launch permanently in this space, it being expected that the BBC can't afford to run 301HD indefinitely.

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