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Photos by Gary Smith Page last updated: 2014-01-20
Abertridwr Caerphilly
NGR: ST123886 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 45m
Digital TV: BBC A: 60 D3&4: 57 BBC B: 53
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Comments: Abertridwr is a relay of Wenvoe

Abertridwr entered service on 6th December 1974, with S4C available from the launch on 1st November 1982. DSO was on the 3rd and 31st March 2010

The site is where the NGR says it is. Approach is up a single track NSL road, and you park up against a gate which goes across the field to the site. It's about a 15 minute walk. It's cold. Very exposed.

The mast itself is on the side of a hill overlooking the village, but there wasn't anything in the village itself pointed at the mast. Odd. Going much higher than the current site would mean that you'd lose sight of the village itself.

On the mast, the trough faces away from the village. The village is to the north of the site, with the trough facing roughly south. (Transmission is, of course, fom the panel at the top.)

No overhead power, there seemed to be three cabins onsite - Arqiva being one, and the other two having no plates on the doors. There's evidence of recent-ish activity on the site, going by the no-smoking-on-site thing on the door of the Arqiva hut.

Bit of an odd site, this one.

Nearby is this awful monstrosity - another remnant of an old cable system head-end. Surely this can't still be in use? Why isn't it taken down and put out of its misery?!

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