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Photos by Mat Overton and Paul Martin Page last updated: 2017-02-23

The Conwy transmitter is located on a hillside above Gyffin, just south of Conway in North Wales. Whilst most of costal North Wales is easily served by Moel-Y-Parc or Llandonna, the hills surrounding Llandudno and Colwyn Bay mean there is a large concentration of relays including Penmaen Rhos on the hillside above Colwyn Bay; Llanddulas, a small log periodic fill-in visible alongside the A55; and the 2 watt Mochdre transmitter in between.

The North-South hills that make up the Vale of Conway block Llandonna to the West and Moel-y-Parc to the East, which is where the Conway transmitter comes into play.

Receiving 2 of its 4 signals from two troughs pointed at Llandonna on Anglesey, it also provides a hop to Betws-y-Coed, nested due south and sheltered from other transmitters. This can be seen as 4 log periodics facing down the valley. Conway is also an O2 base station.

On my visit in October 2004, work appeared to be ongoing to upgrade the transmitter. There were scaffold poles scattered around and a large pile of equipment, much of it owned by Racal, by the main hut door.

The four toed-in log periodics are trained on the Cefn Du link station which fed BBC 2 & ITV from Moel-y-Parc to Conwy on ch's 22 & 25.

A new novel approach for the transmission gallery - here's an aerial shot to add to the images of Conwy I sent you a few weeks back showing the main reception areas around the relay. It's taken from map accurate aerial imaging overlaid with terrain height data. The Conwy transmitter is based at the buildings to the right of the red dot.

Conwy index

Betws-y-Coed | Cefn Du (Link site) | Mochdre | Penmaen Rhos

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