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Photos by Robert Whittaker Page last updated: 2014-07-08

Photos taken April 2007

Llanhilleth is one of the 10 relays required to cover the very difficult terrain that forms the valley between Abertillery and Risca in south Wales, which is only 5 or 6 miles long. It is located on the west side of the valley near the top of the hillside just down from Pen-twyn. It covers Llanhilleth itself, areas to the east of the site and north up to Aberbeeg, filling the gap between the service areas of Pennar and Abertillery.

Transmission is from two pairs of panel antennas, with vertically polarised transmissions to the north west and north east. The receive aerial is a trough antenna pointing north west towards Ebbw Vale, which is clearly visible from the site. The trough appears to be mounted with horizontal polarisation, but Ebbw Vale transmits vertically, so the elements inside the trough must therefore (unusually) be arranged vertically also.

Originally a BBC landlord site, TV channels 1 - 3 entered service on 27th September 1974, with S4C available from the launch on 1st November 1982. DSO was on 3rd and 31st March 2010.

Llanhilleth (centre right), taken from the hillside to the north west of the site, near Glandwr.

The relay as taken from the same spot as above.

Looking north east, Abertillery visible on the hillside opposite.

Close-up of Abertillery as seen from the site

Looking north towards Brynithel and Aberbeeg

Looking north east at Llanhilleth

Looking north west, Ebbw Vale on the hilltop centre frame

Llanhilleth index

Aberbeeg | Abertillery | Ebbw Vale

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