Moel has a population coverage of about 300 thousand, though I can`t help wondering if the latter figure varies according to whether it`s the holiday season ! It must be pointed out that quite a high proportion of those within Moel`s coverage area choose to watch the programmes broadcast from English transmitters (e.g. Winter Hill) which is easily spotted by which way the aerials(s) face. Whether this is due to a lower Welsh content is a question I would prefer to leave to the reader to answer but I do wonder if this was also accounted for when the coverage figure was arrived at ?
The structure is built near the top of a mountain (the actual site height is 340m) and anyone visiting it will be rewarded with fabulous views, particularly if you walk up to the Trig point just behind it.
Power is 20kW for MUXES 1 to 3 and 10kW for MUXES 4 to 6.
(Pre DSO the transmission power was 1kW for MUXES 1 to 4, and 250W for MUXES 5 & 6)
DSO occurred in November 2009.
There is one interleaved spectrum channel allocated to Moel, CH 56, which is more or less within the B group. This is for a possible local TV channel for Mold. It must be admitted that at CH56 a B group may be a little down in gain on some widebands, but it should still be working reasonably well up there. This may not apply to some cheap crappy B group Contract aerials
In addition, there are two new lower power HD MUXES planned for transmission (in the CH 31 to 37 gap) on CHs 32 (at 10kW) and 34. Both of these channels can be picked up by decent B group aerials.
Some post switchover MUX allocations (particularly CHs 61/62 and 49/50) may well be changed due to the 800MHz clearance.
The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.
Also see other relevant B group curves.
Moel Y Parc`s frequency/channel guides also provide the same information for Llanddona,
Winter Hill, Storeton, Fenton, Sutton Coldfield, The Wrekin and Conway. This data
can be very useful for identifying possible alternative transmitters. The Channel
Allocation Guides can also be very useful in the diagnosis of co-
Moel Y Parc can can be seen from the main railway line along the N Wales coast which was originally opened (by the Chester & Holyhead railway) as far as Bangor in 1848. Two years later Stephenson`s famous Tubular bridge was opened across the Menai straights and the line finally reached Holyhead. This line to North Wales was once so busy (particularly in the summer with holiday makers) that it was four track for the 34 miles from Chester to all the way to Abergele. These days most people go by car along the A55 "Express way" which has undoubtedly improved access to this area of Wales but at what cost ? The road is already full to bursting half the time, I can`t help wondering where all the cars went before it was there. At least they went to the trouble of building a tunnel under Conway (opened around 1992) because constructing a huge dual carriageway through that beautiful area would undoubtedly have been a crime.....
For Moel Y Parc we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, the Yagi18B for outdoor installs in poor signal areas, the XB10B for loft installations in poor signal areas, and the XB16B for those with the most marginal signals. Unless you have a massive loft we`d normally recommend an XB10B for loft installs (over an XB16) due to smaller size of the former aerial. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be
found on the relevant tables.
Moel Y Parc Transmitter OS Grid Ref SJ 123 70
Also see basic digital fault finding.
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The dotted lines are the 2 planned lower power HD MUXES