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Photos by Rob Shufflebotham Page last updated: 2018-09-25
Llanbrynmair Powys
NGR: SH892046 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 282m      Structure Height:
Digital TV: BBC A: 25 D3&4: 28 BBC B: 22
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Comments: Llanbrynmair is a relay of Blaenplwyf (via Llangurig Link, Long Mountain and Llandinam)

Llanbrynmair was originally a BBC landlord site which entered service in July 1980 with S4C available from the November 1982 launch.

Another one found thanks to a helpful farmer! I first got confused by the access road going 'missing' - it appears to have been blocked for some reason.

It was only a bit of luck that I found its replacement... I decided to head for Pandy and see if I could get a shot of the mast from the road. A left turn appeared, and deciding it would probably take me closer, I headed up it. Bingo! - back on the access road.

I'd been parked at the bottom of the access road taking some distant snaps for about 5 minutes, when a bloke wandered over and asked me what I was up to. “Oh, just taking some photos of the mast, is it possible to get up there?” I noted the sign about 4 wheel drives, and pointed out what I was driving. “I'd rather you didn't drive up, I don't want to damage the road, its very muddy. There is a footpath up there though, which you're welcome to walk. Very muddy and steep though. And you'll want a jacket”. Undeterred, I grabbed a Mars bar and bottle of coke, and set off!

Muddy, slippery and steep it was, but up there I got. The mast itself isn't that interesting. 2 log receive, 8 log transmit. Whats around it, however, is. What's that solar panel there for for a start off, with the code box beneath it? Second, the wooden pole. This looks to be another ex wooden pole site, later taken over by mobile phone companies.

The wooden pole now houses two folded dipoles, but there are mountings and bits of wire which would have formed part of the original TV relay installation.

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