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Photos by Ben Smith Page last updated: 2015-01-13
Ton Pentre Rhondda Cynon Taff
NGR: SS960955 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 327m      Structure Height: 45m
Digital TV: BBC A: 49 D3&4: 58 BBC B: 54
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 98.4 Radio 2: 88.8 Radio 3: 91.0 Radio 4: 104.3
  Radio Cymru: 93.2  Radio Wales: 94.8 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio:
Comments: Ton Pentre is a TV and Network FM relay of Wenvoe.

The Ton Pentre relay is located on Mynydd Maendy, (Maendy Mountain) just to the South of Treorchy in the heart of the Rhondda valley. It's stunning location and altitude (375m) affords spectacular views up and down the valley. The cinder access track to the Tx is a bridleway and not a vehicular right of way, however I was lucky in that the local farmer and landowner was there to unlock the gate and gave me permission to drive to the site - which I was quite thankful for as at some points the track is a 1-in-4 slope!

There are two sets of UHF transmitting panels, one pair serving Ton Pentre to the South-East, the other pair serving Cwmparc to the North-West and parts of Treorchy that are shielded from the Rhondda relay by the shape of the valley.

The FM TX aerials are an interesting 'skeleton slot slant polarised' type and are located just below the top platform of the tower. Note there are only three of the apertures used - this is because the fourth would point diectly into the side of the mountain!

The UHF Rx trough is on the South-East face of the tower, and relays Wenvoe directly.

The FM Rx log periodic is vertically polarised and is on Wenvoe too. The horizonal 3-element band II yagi was used for the RBL receive aerial for R Wales, when this service was originally transmitted from Wenallt.

Originally a BBC landlord site, TV channels 1 - 3 entered service on 29th April 1977, with S4C available from the launch on 1st November 1982. DSO was on 3rd and 31st March 2010.

BBC FM radio entered service on 26th August 1988, with Radio's 1 & 4 added on 9th December 1992 and Radio Wales in 2003.

The view towards Ton Pentre.

The view towards Cwmparc.

The view towards Rhondda.

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