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Photos by Ben Smith Page last updated: 2014-01-16
Ynys Owen Rhondda Cynon Taff
NGR: ST082992 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height:       Structure Height: 30m
Digital TV: BBC A: 59 D3&4: 55 BBC B: 50
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Comments: Ynys Owen is a relay of Wenvoe

December 2008

This is the Ynys Owen TV relay site. You have to look hard to find the TV relay amongst the plethora of other equipment bolted to the structure. The access road is a public byway, and takes you right up to and past the tower - and at 365m elevation - wow; what a view!

This simple, single-panel 80w ERP relay serves Aberfan and Ynys Owen (Ynys Owen is the Welsh for Merthyr Vale). The small vertically polarised panel is on the Eastern face of the tower, and faces roughly North-East into the valley. The single horizontally polarised RX log periodic is pointing almost exactly South - directly at the parent station of Wenvoe.

Ynys Owen entered service on 23rd December 1977, with S4C available from the launch on 1st November 1982. DSO 3rd and 31st March 2010.

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